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Derryl Gabel, Professional Studio Guitarist, Teacher

Band-in-a-Box has been one of the main programs that has really helped me improve as a musician and improviser.  - Derryl Gabel

Derryl Gabel, born in 1970, began playing guitar late in life (compared to most virtuoso's) at the age of 15. His early influences included Eddie Van Halen, Victor Cross, George Lynch, Warren Demartini, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Macalpine, Greg Howe, Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, Derek Taylor, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Joey Tafolla, and Michael Lee Firkins. The early work of Derryl was firmly rooted in the Shrapnel style of Neo-Classical shred, yet there was more to his compositions than just ripping on scale after scale at 1,000 miles per hour. One of his earliest recorded works, "Victor", had Derryl firmly in the league with the likes of Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore and Yngwie Malmsteen. Derryl first introduced this track when he was just 17 years old.

Derryl's current influences as far as guitarist include Greg Howe, Guthrie Govan, Allan Holdworth, Brett Garsed, Shawn Lane, Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tim Miller, Nico Stufano, and Frank Gambale.

Derryl has released two album's Visions & Dreams (Progressive Arts Music Label), Giant Steps, and has appeared as a guest soloist. He has also released many instructional and performance DVD's, as well as an interactive guitar technique e-book. Recently, Derryl had the great honor of being selected by Dweezil Zappa to conduct seminars at the Music Masters Camp in New York. Derryl taught there along with Tom Quayle, David Wallimann, Oz Noy, Chris Buono, James Santiago, Matt Picone, and Dweezil. Derryl is currently composing a new album, working on another instructional DVD, giving online guitar lessons, and recording guest solos.

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