Ron Hackett | I'd Rather Be Pickin'

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I'd Rather Be Pickin'

by Ron Hackett

Instrumental guitar solos by finger-style guitarist Ron Hackett
Genre: Easy Listening: Instrumental Pop
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Ron Hackett plays an easy listening blend of smooth jazz, light classical, and adult contemporary instrumental music using a combination of finger-style and flat picking on steel and nylon strings with an air of sophistication and refinement that would grace any occasion or event. Ron's chord melody solos are reminiscent of the late Chet Atkins, but Ron's style is a unique blend all his own. He does not strive to emulate other guitarists, but he does learn from them. Other influences include Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt, Pat Metheny, and Lee Ritenour.

Ron plays solo and band gigs around the Tennessee Valley and frequently teams with songwriter Greg Mitchell to perform songwriter shows and musical events. Ron plays regularly with the Praise Team at the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Tennessee, and he plays in the Mel Deal Guitar Ensemble at the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Ron recently started a jazz trio called A-Drew-Ron-Ron and is working to start an Elk Valley Jazz Ensemble. While he prefers jazz, Ron is open to playing any type of music.

Ron’s musical career started on his eleventh birthday when my parents gave him his first guitar. It was a red Winston guitar that they had rented from Ray Davis at the Sound of Music store. About a year later, he traded the red Winston guitar in for a new Yamaha FG-150 that Ron still owns. Ron decided to minor in music when he started his undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, Florida. Ray taught him well, and he was able to skip some of the introductory classes. After completing four of the six quarters required, the intensity of his engineering major forced him to drop his music minor.

After graduating college as an electrical engineer, Ron joined the Air Force and has been stationed in San Antonio, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Tokyo, Japan. After retiring from the Air Force with over 20 years of service, Ron got a job with a defense contractor in Huntsville, Alabama for 10 years. In 2012, Ron became an independent contractor developing software and website. This gave him more time for his musical endeavors. Ron continues to study music, and has taken several classes at the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) Department of Music.

Ron's subtle, unpretentious performances provide a soothing and relaxing ambiance that add a touch of class and elegance to your event without detracting from your event. Ron music sets a mellow and tranquil mood, and he never "rocks the house." If you have a special song that is not in Ron’s repertoire, then he will gladly learn the piece for your event.



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