Born: November 9, 1956 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Glenn grew up in the Pittsburgh area and began taking guitar lessons at age 8. It wasn't until his discovery of Jimi Hendrix that Glenn became serious about playing and this set in motion 10 hour+ practice days eventually earning him a Gibson Goldtop Les Paul Deluxe by age 13. Players such as Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton were a major influence and certainly the unsung hero of the British invaders: Jeff Beck. Glenn studied under Bill Clydesdale a Big Band Swing guitarist instrumental in Glenn's early chord development and later Jerry Conderato who taught him classical and flamenco. Guitarists such as Alvin Lee of Ten Years After caught Glenn's attention due to his innovative incorporation of jazz chops in traditional rock settings. The genesis of early shred pioneers such as Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin set in motion ideas and techniques Glenn continues to employ today. Techniques such as alternate, sweep and hybrid picking were inspired by these visionaries. Glenn studied under Joe Negri at the University of Pittsburgh and later relocated to Southern California where he accompanied a variety of reknowned contemporary Christian performers and became involved in ska music. Glenn moved back to Pittsburgh where he worked as a college professor and formed the fusion power trio Stratosfear. Glenn now holds an elite position with Guitar Center as one of the top sales representatives due to his tenacious drive to succeed coupled with his vast knowledge of gear. However Glenn will be the first to say that: It's not about the guitar. Glenn also teaches guitar and his style (if such a thing exists), has been compared to Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani. It seems to be a fascinating blend of many elements and the album Night conveys this concept thru his use of electric guitar, classical, acoustic and lap-steel on the cd. Night is also heavy on electronica and Glenn is quite adept as a composer in this genre as well. Glenn Nolle thinks outside the box and Night is proof that the path he walks leads to a place of true artistry and inspiration. Peace!
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Theory and technique go hand in hand and are taught in a very comprehensible manner. I aim for your ability to play songs but also your ability to play guitar which can mean tasteful intelligent improvisation if one so decides to achieve that level. Guitar is exciting and should be intense fun! My studio is located in Pittsburgh PA. Check out my website at http://gnolleproductions.com and contact me if interested in instruction.
Have done a Yamaha keyboard clinic at Guitar Center with studio jazz keyboardist Kevin Howard and House of Soul. Conducted guitar workshop at Guitar Center Charleston and in Pittsburgh with Dave Weiner from the Steve Vai Band, Favored Nations recording artist Rob Balducci, and Pete Rossi.