Practice is a lifelong pursuit comprised of, but not limited to, constantly refining your technique in order to facilitate the goal of succinctly expressing musical ideas at the speed of thought which can range from guttural screams to scintillating, erudite dialog steeped in conventional theory, all the while adhering to vicissitudes contained in the performance of a given musical composition or improvisation. Dave's influences on guitar span from Allan Holdsworth to Elmore James to Wes Montgomery to Frank Zappa. Many a musical lesson has come from listening to the likes of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Frizell and Mike Stern. Among others, all the great players he's worked with over the years have helped cultivate a wide perspective on music which only enhances the favorite part of his musical journey :-
Born in New York state and raised in the Middle East (Lebanon and Cyprus) until the age of fourteen, Dave has been playing guitar for 25 years while living in Minnesota since 1980. He works professionally as a front-line/ensemble player with a variety of groups mainly in jazz, blues, and funk/variety genres.
-Dave Hofgren, guitarzan!