Shohei Toyoda in the Studio
Music brings people together in the best of ways.
We recently had the good fortune of receiving an email from a truly delightful gentleman, Marve Silsbe. He let us know that family friend and talented guitarist Shohei Toyoda would be coming to Tryon to perform and Marve wanted to include a visit to Lichty Guitars while Shohei was in town.
Shohei is an award-winning guitarist from Ohio who tours both in the US and Japan.
Top 5 at the International Finger-style Championship (Winfield, Kansas)
Grand Champion at the International Thumb-picking Contest (Central City, Kentucky)
Before their visit to the shop and studio we attended one of several back to back performances by Shohei. There really are few words to describe his music. The original compositions are beautiful and his renditions of classics are original and masterful.
A typical visit to Lichty Guitars includes an opportunity to play any and all of the instruments we have on hand and it is always interesting to see which instruments a particular musician gravitates to when they walk in the door. Shohei played quite a few, with a huge smile of satisfaction on his face I might add, and he graciously allowed us to shoot some video.
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We had a wonderful time with Marve, his son Don, grandson Mark (a very talented musician in his own right!) and with Shohei and we look forward to the next visit.
Shohei’s latest release – The Hills Have Ears, Songs from a Finger Pickers Heart is available for purchase through his website.