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Robert Renman

Robert RenmanMack Amps is pleased to announce that Robert Renman is now a Mack Endorsing Artist.  Robert is a very talented guitarist that regularly gigs with the Myra Marshall Band.  Plus, he runs two of the most interesting guitar-related web sites on the Net: www.DolphinStreet.com and www.TheFret.net

Many guitarists have seen Robert on the Net in one of his many demo videos showcasing various pieces of gear.  He also regularly posts guitar video lessons.

Robert’s guitar playing chops are highly polished and he is a very versatile player.  Blues, rock, fusion, country and everything in between are part of Robert’s repertoire.  His note choices are always melodic and interesting – something few guitarists can claim.

Robert plays a Heatseeker HS-18E with an effects loop through his Avatar 2X12 cabinet loaded with Eminence “The Wizard” 12” speakers.

I personally love Robert’s playing.  It has what I consider to be the perfect combination of flash, class, groove and blues.  Check out his many online videos to see what I mean!

Background – from www.DolphinStreet.com
Robert RenmanHi, I'm Robert Renman from Sweden, now living in Camrose, Alberta, Canada.  I was born in 1969 in Umeå, Västerbotten. I grew up in a small town called Hörnefors, 30 km south of Umeå.  I have been playing guitar since I was about 13 years old. I started out playing blues and heavier rock, but turned towards L.A. pop-rock music in my later teen years.  After that, a period with guitar shredding happened (Yngwie, Vai, Gilbert, Satriani, etc), although I was never very good at it.  I am also a big coffee lover, and I'm forever trying to perfect the skill of how to make good coffee.

Eventually I went back to the blues, but I also discovered jazz and fusion.  Tribal Tech and Chick Corea Electric Band were huge influences, as well as Weather Report, Miles Davis and all the jazz from the 50s and 60s I could get my hands on.  After I moved to Canada in 1999, I have been influenced by country guitar players such as Albert Lee and Brent Mason, and by listening more to song writers such as John Hiatt and Joni Mitchell.  That's about where I am now, enjoying blues, jazz, some country and folk music, but always open for new ideas.

My Guitar Playing background
I started out playing at the age of 13.  I got started because it was cool to play guitar, and I wanted to be able to play in a rock band.  I have played many different styles since then, including heavy metal, hard rock, pop, fusion, jazz and blues bands throughout the years.  Since my move to Canada in 1999, I have played with Jaron Rovensky, Richard Jones, Brandon Kroeger, Bruce Rawling, Dennis Carriere, Lee Pace, Kris Thompson, Myra Marshall, to mention a few.

Robert RenmanMy preferred style is improvisational - any type of music where there's room to improvise over some cool groove or chords.  I love jazz, but never considered myself being any good at it. I am really just a hobby player at this point.

I also teach guitar lessons to people internationally through my video lessons, and I give guitar lessons to students in the area of Camrose, Wetaskiwin and Edmonton.

Playing Style and Technique
I mess with my effects and tone all the time.  Never happy.  Since my reverb died on my Hellhound, I now use a Lexicon LXP-1, and a bit of delay now and then.  I use about 7 of my pedals at one time, but I do switch them in and out, depending on the gig.

My playing style is inspired by jazz and rock players, but also rock and country players.  Recently, I have been learning some country chops, like chicken picking and 2-string bends, which is a lot to fun to fool around with.  I am also finding myself going back to listening to Jimi Hendrix. Call it cliche if you want, but Jimi Hendrix is my biggest inspiration.  His guitar playing just had something so unique and soulful to it. I don't hear this thing happening much in today's players, so I find myself drawn to Jimi's music, over and over.

I do not pick every note when I play; I was never any good at it.  If I want to play fast, I use legato style of playing, hammer-ons and pull-offs.  The music I like the best usually has improvisational parts to it, since that is when music really starts happening for me - through improvisation.