I can recall my first true musical experience. I was in fourth grade music class and we were singing various songs. Up until that point, I had not been that interested in music, but I was very interested in others forms of art. On this particular day however, we began singing an Irish folk song called Over the Sea to Skye. I loved the words and melody to the song so much, I began singing my heart out. All of a sudden the teacher stopped playing the piano and asked, Who is that singing?â€ Much to my embarrassment my classmates started pointing at me. The teacher told me to stay after class. I thought I was in trouble. But I was wrong. Instead she asked me to sing some other songs and began to check my vocal range. Afterwards she asked me to join the 6th grade choir. I was so excited I agreed immediately. That was the beginning of my pursuit of music. I continued singing in choir as a featured soloist all throughout my schooling.
I started playing guitar at age 12. I was teaching myself until high school when my parents suggested I study at the East Detroit Conservatory of Music.
I taught my first student while I was in the 12th grade. He was a troubled kid who asked if I would teach him after hearing me play. This was when I first discovered my love for sharing music with others.
After high school I played in several cover bands and continued my studies in classical guitar in the Detroit and Houston areas. I also studied with several prominent Jazz musicians in Houston. Later I studied music theory, rhythm and ear training at The Faunt School of Creative Music in Los Angles with the school's founder Jamie Faunt and other teachers. To this day I continue studying music and growing as a musician. And I intend to do so for the rest of my life.
Alan W. Darby