Music has been a passion of mine since the age of nine. It all began with my first guitar, which I received from Zody's department store as a Christmas gift. This began my lifelong goal to be an accomplished guitarist.I am a self- taught musician.My forte is the Acoustic Guitar. I have learned to play the following acoustic instruments; the 12- string acoustic guitar,6-string acoustic guitar,and the nylon string acoustic guitar.I also enjoy playing the electric 6-string guitar,as well as,the 4- strings bass guitar,harmonica,and keyboards along with various percussion instruments.It is this never ending passion that has led me to the creation of my first CD. A lot of musicians shake their heads when I start to play the guitar because I play upside down and backwards, meaning that I take a right handed guitar turn it upside down and start to play! Because of this unique style of playing,I have had to overcome many challenges. After four attempts with private music instructors, who were unable to teach a left-handed guitarist such as myself, and who said I would never be able to play, I became even more determined to pursue my goal of becoming a guitarist.I purchased various guitar books by a well-known guitar instructor, Mel Bay, and taught myself to play the basic chords. While other kids were outside playing,I would sit in my bedroom a good part of the day playing leads with the popular bands of the time on my record player. Even though my playing style is different, I have accomplished many goals through hard work, determination, and perseverance. Knowing that my style is different has not stopped my desire to play many different types of music. I enjoy playing and listening to various musicians in many different genres including blues, rock, swing, folk, country and a light jazz. I have taken basic music courses in college as well as, basic piano. Receiving encouragement from my peers and fellow musician friends, I am still in pursuit of my music career. Some of my musical influences include Larry Carlton, Coco Montoya, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Dave Mason, Kenny Loggins, and James Taylor to name a few. I enjoy listening to these artists, but I have developed my own individual style. I am presently engaged in song writing and recording of my original material at Studio 103 in Corona, California. I am thrilled to have "Sweet Memories" as my debut CD. I am looking forward to many hours in the studio in order to create my second CD, which will be an instrumental. I am so fortunate to be able to pursue this dream and share it with so many wonderful people. The support that I have now and have had in the past is what keeps my dream alive! To those of you who have viewed my web site, I thank you very much! I hope you enjoy my music! E-mail me if you get the chance, I would love to hear from you. Rock on, Bruce Maki.