Welcome to my website!
My name is Michael Mannix and I have been a music lover all my life. I was born in Vanderhoof, British Columbia in 1962. My father Kenny Mannix (known also by last name Butler, his stepfather’s last name) was an accomplished singer, and country guitar/accordion player (he played Chet Atkins style on his Gretsch, one of the guitars he owned) and my mother Kathleen also sang with us too. Even my Grandmother and my Grandfather played guitar!
In the old days, we had no internet, TV, telephone, or even running water, only music was the focus of entertainment.
Sadly my dad was killed in a motor vehicle accident in 1970 when I was 8 years old (my mother was left with four kids to raise). We all however had music in our blood. I also learned guitar from my grandmother Lillie who also played and sang. My brother Steven went on to become an awesome drummer/vocalist. I have fond memories of jamming with my bro!
I took music theory and began formal guitar, ukulele, and choir lessons when I was about 8 years at Mara school with my music teacher, Mrs. Spencer. In later years I included alto sax in my musical journey and played in the regular band class and stage band in junior and high school.
We played jazz related music and I sight-read sheet music and explored improvisation. We traveled to perform at local cities and towns for junior and high schools. All the while I continued my guitar playing off and on as well. I studied briefly with two guitar teachers in Calgary and Salmon Arm in the 80’s and 90’s. For the most part I am a self-taught guitar player that did not become a really serious musician until later in life about 5 years ago. I have played every day since and I have been teaching for my 3rd year now (2017) 🙂
I love to explore country, blues, rock, classical, fusion, and jazz styles in my playing. I now play mainly, a Godin Multiac ACS Slim with synth access, and a Yamaha FG110 red label acoustic from the 60,s. Been getting into my Telecaster alot lately. 🙂
Lately I have been using a Fender Mustang 1 practice amp and a Fender Super Champ XD (tube amp).
I have owned many guitars throughout the years including a Strat, a Washburn, a Aria Pro2, a 12 string, and a few acoustics. My amps I have used are, Peavey Bandit, Roland Cube, Fender Bassman 10 with a two 12 cabinet, and others.
I have always been interested in guitar synths as well. Actually I had the pleasure of attending a product demo for the Roland GR707 Synth Guitar in Vancouver Canada in the early 80s. It was demonstrated by Michel Cusson of Uzeb, what a performance, it is forever in my brain! In the 80s I also took sound engineering and sound reinforcement training.
Some of my favourite guitarists: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Alex Lifeson, Chet Atkins, Michel Cusson, Randy Bachman, Earl Klugh, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Hendrix. (this list is in no way complete, and keeps growing as time goes by)
Update! Here are some more, I have learned about in the last year or so: Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, John Mclaughlin, Lenny Breau, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Tommy Emanuel, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzey, Andy Summers.
Here’s some non-guitar players I have also been listening to as well, for great ideas!
Been listening to Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. As you can see I have been focusing a lot on Jazz lately. 😉