I started playing guitar at the relatively late age of 15. Inspired by the incredibly virtuosity of guitarists like Steve Vai, John 5 and Joe Satriani, I practiced for up to 6 hours a day to develop my skills. Deciding that 'Joseph Barnes' wasn't a metal enough name, I adopted the stage name 'The Count' and have released all my music under that name. After playing for just 5 years, I recorded my first solo album 'More is More.'
I have a wide range of influence, from the previously mentioned guitar gods, to Norah Jones, Anoushka Shankar, Chopin and many more. This inspired me to learn several other instruments: The sitar, piano and mandolin.
If you're interested in lessons or a collaboration, then don't hesitate to get in touch.
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