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Christopher Sung

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Silly Guitar Player

My name is Chris, and I'm ActiveBass' token guitar player. My bass experience consists of knowing a few choruses of "The Lemon Song" (love JPJ's walking on that), and the few weeks that I spent with Tony Oppenheim's "Slap It" book.

I also built most of the site, so if you have technical problems at ActiveBass, you'll most likely be corresponding with me.

Being a guitar player, I can play really avant-garde if you put sheet music in front of me, and if you asked me what I'd do if I won the lottery, I'd say, "well, I guess I'll just keep playing guitar till the money runs out..."

But Seriously...
I started playing guitar when I was about 11 in pretty much the stereotypical fashion. I saw a friend of mine play Stairway to Heaven and I was hooked. I begged my parents for a guitar and they bought me a cheap acoustic for $60 from the local record store in a mall in New Jersey. I remember the summer when I was 13, when I went through the entire Led Zeppelin Complete book learning every tune in it. My parents eventually rewarded me with my very own cherry-sunburst Les Paul Standard from Sam Ash in New York City, allowing me to further imitate my hero, Jimmy Page.

Turning to Jazz

After going through my Jimmy Page phase and a Randy Rhoads stage, I started to play jazz when I was about 19. I heard Mike Stern play on "The Man with the Horn" and I completely freaked. Here was a guy who was mixing Hendrix-type licks with bebop lines and I thought, "this is how I want to play". From then on, heavy periods of listening to Pat Metheny, Tribal Tech, and Keith Jarrett ensued. Lately, I'm starting to listen a lot more to alternative rock, but I think at heart, I'm a jazzer.

Musical Influences

  • Pat Metheny, Chris Tarry
  • Keith Jarrett, Andre Lachance
  • Scott Henderson, Brad Turner

Favorite Recordings

  • "Question & Answer" by Pat Metheny
  • "Superunknown" by Soundgarden
  • "Metalwood II" by, er, Metalwood