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LYNCHLICKS.com, launched in 2010, is the brainchild of 1980's legendary guitar player, Steve Lynch. Known by many for his work as lead guitarist with the popular 1980's band, Autograph, Steve is known in guitar circles as "the two-handed guitarist", an innovator of the hammer-on method, as well as many other advanced guitar techniques.
Beginning as a bass player in 1967, Lynch was inspired to transition to guitar on September 18, 1970, the day Jimi Hendrix passed away. In 1973 began studying music theory and jazz technique with Don Mock, who was then an instructor at West Seattle Music. In 1977, Mock moved to Los Angeles to become one of the founding instructors of the Guitar Institute of Technology. Mock invited Steve to become one of GIT's first students that same year and in March 1979, Steve also became one of GIT's first graduates and was voted "Student of the Year" and "Most Likely to Succeed". Steve's technique was born in April 1978 from a clinic at GIT where Emmett Chapman was demonstrating a two-handed fretboard tapping technique with his instrument invention, the Chapman Stick.
Steve won the "Guitarist of the Year" award at the 1983 New York Guitar Expo and published a sequel to his groundbreaking guitar manual, The Right Touch, Book II (CPP/Belwin). In 1984, Steve had been jamming in his spare time with a group of LA studio musicians when one of his his friends brought along a tape of their work while jogging with David Lee Roth, who began raving about their material and insisted that the group open for Van Halen on their 1984 tour. Although the group was unofficial, had no album, had no recording contract, and did not even have a name, they obliged and on the fly came up with the moniker "Autograph".
The tour was a success for the newly formed band, gaining them sensational exposure and landing them a record deal with RCA. It was during the Van Halen tour that much of the material for their first album, Sign In Please, was written and it was during a rehearsal after the tour - only two days before going into the studio - that they wrote their biggest hit "Turn Up The Radio". In 1985, Sign In Please went platinum and Steve won the "Guitar Solo of the Year" award from Guitar Player magazine for his wizardry on "Turn Up The Radio".
Autograph recorded two more albums for RCA, appeared in several movie soundtracks and television shows, got heavy rotation on radio and MTV, and toured with the likes of Motley Crue, Heart, Aerosmith, Ronnie James Dio, Bryan Adams, and Whitesnake before disbanding in 1989. In the meantime, Steve was writing magazine columns for Guitar Player, Guitar World, and Guitar for the Practicing Musician and in 1987 had published his third book, The Right Touch, Book III. Also in 1987, Steve released an instructional video through REH Publications titled The Two-Handed Guitarist. In 1990, Steve formed Network 23 and in 1994, finished their first album. Steve later opened the Federal Way School of Music in has taught thousands aspiring guitar students in the Seattle area on everything from Guitar 101 to his world-renowned two-handed technique.
In 2010 Steve launched www.lynchlicks.com, which showcases an online library of over 100 unique guitar licks and full-length solos produced into slowed-down video training segments with related instruction tab. The lick are designed to challenge students in both picking and two-handed hammer-on techniques in an environment that allows the student to learn at their own pace and commitment level. Steve also recently re-mastered his entire Autograph Catalog using some of today's best studio compression and mastering techniques.
- Tim Quigley (Appended 2010 by Watchdog Media)
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