Back in the late '70s and early '80s, I was a guitar teacher (and repairman) at Luchetti Drum and Guitar in Albuquerque. At the peak, I was teaching private lessons to 40 to 50 kids per week. Every once in a while, I get a message from one of my old students who've tracked me down via the Internet. I had to share these two messages I recently got from a kid named Greg McCool (yes, that's really his last name):
I sent him a short note telling him what I'd been up to for the past 30 years, and I got this one from him tonight:Hey Vaughn , You taught me how to play guitar at Luchettis, in mid 70s
I would bring you my rehersal schedule so you could teach me my guitar parts so I could keep my job in ROCK CITY .And I would bring acid influenced drawings to hang in your studio.Thanks for your gift to teach, I have been very succesful in music ,I won awards for jingle writing ,I have recorded many albums for myself and others and I am currently teaching as well . Anyway last news I heard of you was from jeff donohoe years ago when you broke your back? I m really thankful you were my teacher I can truly say that you were a huge part of my mis spent youth (I mean that in a good way)Its all worked out great.
I would love to here from you .
I can't help but feel like a proud papa when I get notes like that.Hey Vaughn ,Thanks for the reply .I just wanted you to know that I won the KING OF THE BLUES competition at Guitar Centers nationwide search for the undiscovered blues guitarist .I will be representing new mexico in the phoenix district finals .The grand prize is 25,000$ and a gibson endorsement and all kinds of good stuff. I really owe it all to you for your amazing gift And When they ask who my influences are ,along with jimmy page ,robben ford, carl verheyen ,jeff beck,cris cain,larry carlton,eric clapton just to name a few,I mention you ! . Thanks Man ! Wish me luck.Love ya man.Greg