Steve Morse: "Deep Purple used to put me in a separate van because I’d be playing the whole way between gigs!"

Steve Morse: "In a band, the guitar lives in the midrange, so that’s what I care about more than anything"
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As one of the original and most prolific American guitar virtuosos, founding member of the Dixie Dregs, lead guitarist of both Deep Purple and Flying Colors and even a brief member of Kansas in the mid '80s, the shockwaves of Steve Morse's influence on generations of guitar players have been indisputably far-reaching.

Here, prompted by song titles, the man himself tells the story of his first guitar, preparing for shows after 50 years and how to become a good guitarist...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).