Tyler Morris is a 17 year old accomplished guitarist who has just released his first recording titled, “And So it Begins”, in January 2015. The CD was featured in Guitar Player Magazine and several other on line and print publications around the globe. It is comprised of all original hard rock and metal material written and performed by Morris.
Where has he performed and who has he played with? That list is quite long and includes some of our guitar hero’s like Gary Hoey, Yngwie Malmsteen, Morris Becker, and Joe Stump. His first time on stage was at the BB King’s Blues Club in West Palm Beach at the age of 12. This precipitated other appearances at BB Kings Blues Club in Manhattan as well as the The Cutting Room, the Hard Rock in Boston, The C Note in Hull and more.
Although he is still in high school, he finds the time to perform in and around Boston 3-4 times a week. He will also be performing at the winter NAMM 2016 in Anaheim, California in January.
What does he want to do when he grows up? Examiner met with Morris at the, V is for Veterans show at Mechanics Hall in Worcester recently. Here’s what he had to say.
Examiner: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Tyler Morris: I would like to be a musician or work with music in some form when I grow up.
Music is my passion, my form of stress and my relaxation method. My favorite part of playing music is performing on stage. I am also passionate about the science behind music and musical instruments and I would like to be able to build some of my own equipment in the future.
AN: When did you start playing guitar?
TM: I started playing guitar when I was about 10 years old. I had been drawn to music since I was a little kid because of my dad, who would rehearse and perform at the Hard Rock Cafe with his band multiple times a week. My dad would tune my guitar to an open D or G chord during performances and practices and I would strum along to the songs.
AN: How was it your very first time on stage and where?
TM: The first time that I remember being on stage was at the C Note in Hull. I remember the guitar being too big on me despite the strap being lowered to its minimum height. At that point, I was about 10 and everything I played was based on what I heard in my head. I would close my eyes to solos (something that I still enjoy doing today).
AN: What are your hopes for your future?
TM: I hope to develop as a musician in Blues, Rock, Neo-Classical Metal and in my own songwriting. I want my music to reach new audiences internationally and I would like to perform in Europe and Asia as well. I also hope to achieve my own unique sound on the guitar. Ultimately, when people hear me play, I want them to be able to distinguish my playing from
AN: What have you learned from playing with some of our greatest guitar
TM: I have had the privilege of performing with and playing for Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Stump, Steve Vai, Barry Goudreau, Gary Hoey, Vince Neil, Kip Winger, Sammy Hagar, Phil Collen, Johnny Winter, Ronnie Montrose, George Lynch and many others. Through all of these experiences, I have learned new ways to approach music, however, the theme that has encompassed all of these musicians’ advice is to play from the heart and to play melodically. In other words, whatever you play, when slowed down to a tempo that is singable, you should be
able to hear a melody. I have also learned that improvisation and creating a solo in the moment is the best part of music because every time you play is different.
AN: Tell us what you have coming up over the next few months.
TM: On November 28, I will be performing at the Mighty Sam McClain benefit concert at the Regent Theater in Arlington. Additionally, I will be performing at NAMM 2016 from January 21-24. I will be demonstrating products for Fishman Electronics, REVV Amplification and representing Dean Guitars and Floyd Rose. While in Anaheim, I will also be playing a couple of shows with Jerry Jemmott, a legendary Blues and R&B bassist who has played with B.B. King, Aretha Franklin and many others. All of the official dates for these shows will be announced soon and I will most likely be playing some more shows in December with James Montgomery. On February 20 – 24, I will be on the Axes and Anchors Cruise. All of the official dates can be found on my website, http://www.tylerdmorris.com.