Tuesday, April 14, 2009
David Ernspiker 1970 - 2009
...a little off topic today
The world lost a great man and a musical icon last Thursday, April 9th, 2009. David Ernspiker, a friend and Louisville, Kentucky musician passed away in his home.
Dave was a virtuoso on the guitar, a talented musician, a youth minister at his church and an all around great guy. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him and loved him.
I remember the first time I met him...
Many years ago I had walked in Willis Music at the Oxmoor mall in St. Matthews looking for some guitar sheet music, when this long haired guy in a jazzy silk shirt walked up to me and asked me if I was a guitarist. I sheepishly replied that I was not and trying to learn. He then asked me if I was interested in taking lessons and I told him that I tried that already, but it just didn't seem to work out.
That's when he told me he was a guitar teacher there at Willis Music. Then he picked up a guitar off of the shelf, plugged it in to an amp, cranked the volume up REALLY loud and started blazing Hendrix tunes! At that point, I knew he would be a great teacher. After he got through with his maddening display of fretboard wizardry, he set it down, looked at me and said "when can I sign you up?"
I signed up that day. He told me to bring a song for our first lesson and he would have me playing it before I left ...I thought this would be a miracle, but he delivered what he promised.
I took lessons from Dave for another year and a half with him very patiently helping me hone my guitar skills. He became a good friend and an inspiration to me.
I will miss him greatly and somehow I know he is busting out great guitar riffs for everyone in Heaven.
Below is a video of Dave jamming out "Little Wing" by Jimi Hendrix... do yourself a favor and check it out, I'm sure he will be smiling about it somewhere.
To see more of Dave's videos, CLICK HERE.
The Big Rock Show
Dave on YouTube