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I was really sad to hear the passing of Pete. He was instrumental in helping me feel less lonely when I was studying at a midwest university and in augmenting my understanding on playing the guitar. I own many of his instructional DVDs and from those dvds i felt that his presence. Thanks Pete. You will be missed. Chris
Chris -
Rochester, MN United States - Thursday, June 28, 2018
Over the years I collected a variety of his teaching videos, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, as well as theory exercises and practice skills. So good!! So well presented and inspirational. I cannot thank him enough for all that I have learned and continue to learn from them. I am currently working on several pieces from the Croce set. Some instructors wow you so much that you are intimidated, but not Pete. His intermediate level songs can be played anywhere with confidence. There is just something about his presentations that tell us what a fine human being Pete was, what a gift to his family, friends, and the world. I just wish I could tell him in person how much he inspired me to learn to practice and play better. Best wishes to his family, I cannot imagine how much he is missed.
Mike Lerner -
San Anselmo, Sele United States - Tuesday, August 01, 2017
I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of Pete's sudden passing away...I know that its been over a year ...but you see I have been for the last 2 years taking lessons from Pete of a video he made "JIM CROCE - Acoustic Fingerstyle Video Guitar Lessons....and then when I was searching for more of the same lessons....I discovered that he had passed....and I just broke into tears.....I felt like I've known him for years..just through the video lessons....I'm not the greatest guitarist..but I enjoyed learning from him...I would have liked to have thanked him for the inspiration and the positiveness that he expressed....Thanks Pete
ELLENBROOK, WA Australia - Friday, May 12, 2017
Hi -- just a quick note to send my (belated) condolences, and also express to my heartfelt gratitude to Pete for being a big inspiration to me. I have learned a lot from Pete's videos over the years, not just about music either. Pete also sent me a PDF of Sir Duke, for free, for me to play at a recital in 2014. He wished me all the best for my career, and I have a screenshot of it on my Macbook to keep me motivated. All the best to you guys Ken Cooke Australia
Ken -
Adelaide, SA Australia - Sunday, April 09, 2017
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Pete's passing. Such a loss to us all but his music and memory live on.
Deb Van -
Hollywood, Fl USA - Friday, February 03, 2017
It was a PLEASURE working with Pete in studio on my 2005 CD "Manchester Mornings" Pete was SO MUCH FUN! He paid me the ultimate compliment when he said to me, "You remind me of John (Denver)." Rest his soul! I feel honored to have known, and worked with him! dave hawkins
Dave Hawkins -
Cincinnati, OH USA - Friday, December 23, 2016
As with so many other people who left their condolences here, I have Pete to thank for teaching me to play the guitar. I knew he was sick last year, but I just found out he has joined John Denver and some others in the great band in the sky. It feels like I've lost one of my best friends, although I never met him in person. I do have a question, as I grew up in the D.C. area myself. Does anyone know which high school he went to?
Frank Manning -
Placitas, NM USA - Friday, December 02, 2016
I am so sorry and shocked to learn about Pete's passing. I first became familiar with Pete through his learning to play John Denver DVDs. With his instruction I had learned some songs a couple years ago. Thank you for that Pete! I pulled out the DVDs a few days ago hoping to find This Old Guitar and so glad he included it. Just checked into this site to see what Pete was up to and am saddened to know this now. My condolences to his family.
Doug Ritchie -
Edmonton, AB Canada - Sunday, October 30, 2016
Pete thanks for learning me to play the guitar. I bought almost all your dvd's and learned to play them all. I liked your stile of teaching very much, and also your sence of humor. Again thanks for everything, you ment a lot to me. Rest in peace Matthijs
Matthijs Aris -
Kortgene, Netherlands - Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Just popped onto the site as it had been a year or so since I last visited, and am naturally very sad to hear of Pete's passing. I shared one email with him a few years ago, when I asked him if he would sell me the individual TAB of Fields of Gold (I had already bought three of his DVDs, but that was one song I was missing). He kindly sent me the TAB without asking for payment, and told me I had to promise to learn it! Although I did, I have forgotten how to play it since - however I'm going to relearn it today in his memory. I'll never master it like Pete. Once again I'm sorry for your loss - genuinely gutted. All the best from Swansea, Wales.
Chris Carra -
Swansea, United Kingdom - Monday, October 03, 2016
Erin, I am so profoundly sorry for your loss. I haven't been to Pete's site in a long time because I always wanted to purchase his CD's and for a while I did not have the means to do so. I knew he was ill but from my last site visit I had the feeling, based on his positive outlook and "Live Well" attitude, that he was progressing positively. I went to his site today and was in shock when I saw the notice of his passing. We all lose loved ones, and even when they are sick, it is never easy. I did not know him personally, but I did email him once, a long time ago, asking if he would consider an old man such as myself, worthy of him giving me lessons. He responded promptly that he would be happy to and that the age did not matter. He seemed an exceptionally nice man as well as the finest musician I have had the pleasure to watch and hear. God bless you and I will be sure to donate to Pete's fund and will continue to buy his CD's; they are a must for anyone wishing to progress as a guitarist. The Lord did good with Pete.
Dave Pontow -
Mount Pleasant, TN   USA - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Oh Erin No, I can't even take this into my head. Pete was my son Scott's bango instructor in Danville California in the early 1970s. Erin you may remember meeting Scott (Webber) at a show Pete played in Wheeling, West Virginia a few years ago. Scott was so surprised and excited to see him in that little town and called me the next morning to tell me all about it. Scott had moved there after a stint in the Navy, so he had been there about 15 years. I posted here on Petes site that Scott passed away on January 10th 2015, he was 53 years old. So you lost Pete just a year and 5 days later. Pete emailed me the nicest message when Scott passed away. Telling me about an Arlo Guthrie concert they went to in Oakland in the 70s and how they sneaked in a portable tape recorder to tape the show. The only reason I learned of Petes passing is because I got 2 emails tonight that I believe to be a scam but somehow they had my email address and Pete Huttlingers name with a subject matter of "Pete Huttlinger estate" I didn't open either of them because I didn't believe either was authentic. I am so terribly sorry to know of Petes passing. My heart goes out to you and all of his loved ones and friends. With sincerest sympathy, Shirley Wilson.
Shirley Wilson -
Concord, CA United States - Friday, September 16, 2016
First and foremost, my deepest condolences on the passing of Pete Hutlinger. He was a tremendous guitarist and, from everything I've heard, a really nice guy. Wish I had the chance to meet him in person. I have all four of his John Denver DVDs and was looking for I'd Rather Be A Cowboy and can't find it. Am I missing something or is this song not included on any of the DVDs. I'm going to be attending the Kingston Trio Fantasy Camp in Scottsdale in Aug. and would like to learn this song before then. Thanks.
Warren D Serkin -
Alameda, Ca USA - Saturday, June 18, 2016
Erin, so sorry for your loss. I haven't been out to this page in a while, obviously. I just learned recently when Brian Henke told my wife. Pete was such an encouraging presence. I am happy I was able to see him play several times. I also had him as an instructor at Fur Peace a number of years ago. It was during that experience that I really learned the depth of the man. He could work with you at any level. Pete always had a positive thing to say and was genuinely entertaining, on the stage, or just sitting around talking. We have truly lost a good one. R.I.P. Pete.
Tom Hennessy -
Lorain, OH USA - Thursday, April 28, 2016
Erin, I am so very sorry for your loss. I so admired and respected Pete and his incredible talent. My God comfort you in this time of grief.
W. Don Seaborg -
Las Vegas, NV USA - Friday, April 22, 2016
My prayers for healing go out to Pete's family, such a tragic loss of a kind man and extraordinary talent. I was able to spend a few days with Pete at one of his clinics at Lake Tahoe years ago, was amazed at the talent he possessed and how freely he shared with us students. I left that clinic so grateful for having met Pete and for the gift of music he shared. Steve
Steve Dolan -
Redondo Beach, Ca USA - Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Pete, how very much I pray that you are safe in God's arms, and experiencing the glorious peace that eluded you these last few years on earth. This earthly life is not an easy one at times, and I'm sorry that your physical weariness won over. Thank you for all the times you moved me with your humor, your wisdom,your poignancy, and your arrangements. You touched this world, and left a beautiful impression. Prayers too, for Erin, your family and friends as they struggle with your loss. You are home at last.....Amen&.
Leroy Ward -
Bangor, MI USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Until I bought Pete's dvds on ebay, I really didn't know how to play the guitar or at least very well. His instructional dvds are the best I have ever had and really took me to a different level. I recommend that if you like Gorden Lightfoot, or Jim Croce or John Denver, you HAVE to buy his dvds. Im sorry I didnt have the chance to see him play live. Thanks Pete, you were such a great guitar teacher! I wish we had met.
Rob McMulkin -
Carlisle, Onta Canada - Wednesday, February 24, 2016
I will continue to share Pete's gift of music with everyone I meet, Erin. His music has made such a difference in my life. Stay strong, cherish your family, remember Pete!
David Bishop -
Tucson, AZ USA - Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Erin, As a guitar player, I have admired, respected, and found myself in awe of Pete's amazing talent for many years. During his amazing comeback from his horrible stroke, the respect I held for him grew even more. I often referred to Pete's story anytime someone needed inspiration. I was hoping to attend his James Taylor Workshop and meet my hero!! Sadly, it was not meant to be. Just before Christmas, I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure at 45 years old and found a new commonality with Pete. Then, I learned of Pete's passing. Struggling for inspiration and strength in Pete's absence. I found it in your letter today that was enclosed in the McGuire's Landing songbook I received in the mail today. Pete will inspire me each time I open my guitar case, each time I play his beautiful music, and as I teach my son and daughter to play as Pete taught me. I am confident that your dream of having Pete's music still "played and shared throughout the world" will come true. I promise to do my part! Stay strong! And know that Pete lives on in the hearts (and calloused fingers) of his innumerable fans. All the best, Michael
Michael McCutchen -
USA - Thursday, February 18, 2016
I met pete at the berklee college of music in '82 - I recall meeting him in a friends dorm room and hearing him play a dregs song that made my jaw drop... to this day , I have never heard anyone play an acoustic as great as he did that very day. later that year pete and I traded guitars...I had a telecaster and he had a 1971 white Stratocaster - I played that guitar for 20 years as my main guitar. I kept in touch with him a few times by email , and he sent me a copy of his cd "naked pop" - I still listen to this often and will never forget those memories from the early 80s - his playing and his attitude are strong features that can benefit a lot of people in their lives , I know they did in mine. my deepest condolences to his family and friends.
howard elovitz -
il USA - Thursday, February 18, 2016
To the Huttlinger Family- I was so so sad to hear of Pete's passing. I took 3+ workshops w him at Winfield over the years and learned so much from him. What an insanely talented and wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss.
Ruth Walker -
Stillwater, OK USA - Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Dear Erin, I am so sad to hear of my friend Pete`s passing. Although we never met, I feel like I knew him personally from the many hours happily spent watching and learning from his Homespun and Truefire dvd`s. He was an amazing guitarist, and an excellent teacher, but most of all I will miss his dry sense of humour! My deepest condolences. Gary.
Gary Edmonds -
North York, ON Canada - Tuesday, February 02, 2016
To Erin and the Huttlinger family.... My father passed away on Dec. 29th, and on Jan. 12th I lost my Uncle and so believe me when I say I can relate to the grief, numbness, and deep pain weighing heavy on your heart. I first heard Pete play in Chicago at Music Works and instantly fell in love with his talent and his personality! He's the reason I picked up the guitar again after a thirty year hiatus. He's the reason I bought a Pete Huttlinger Signature model (#23), and he's the reason my heart is breaking today! He truly is my hero in so many ways, and I want to thank you for sharing him with us. I believe that we will someday reunite with our loved ones but until then, ask Pete to send you a sign to let you know he is happy and at peace. It may come to you in the form of things you see, hear, or find..... a special song, a tingling feeling inside, guitar picks showing up all over, etc..... If you are open to it, you'll will find great comfort knowing he will always be right there next to you. God Bless. Sincerely, Shari Oliver
Shari Oliver -
Kenosha, WI USA - Monday, February 01, 2016
So sad to hear that Pete has passed away. I wish prayers and peace to Erin and Pete's family's and friends. Such a great talent and teacher will be missed. Gone too soon, Rest In Peace Pete.
James Masko -
Grandville, Mich USA - Sunday, January 31, 2016
I want to offer my condolences to Pete's family and am deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden loss. He was the fingerstyle artist we all tried to emulate. A man with magic fingers and a soul to match. I only knew Pete through his tapes and videos but his genuine good natured spirit always shined through. Thank you Pete for all you have given us. Rest in Peace. We will miss you.
Peter Kokoszyna -
Pembroke Pines , FL USA - Sunday, January 31, 2016
The world feels a bit emptier. Thanks so much for helping to make it a better place. Your music will always live on inside of me.
Dennis Angers -
Saint-Lenadre, QC Canada - Thursday, January 28, 2016
I just read the news from Homespun today, January 28, 2016. I weep as I type. I knew Pete only through one e-mail exchange and through his excellent instructional DVDs. Pete, you are a brother. Thank you for inspiring me and helping me learn. I will miss you terribly. May you rest in peace. To Pete's family may I offer my sincerest and most heart-felt sympathy.
John Bubblo -
USA - Thursday, January 28, 2016
So deeply sad. I saw Pete 10 years ago and his artistry and great wit made me a huge fan. The first time I heard Darcy's Guitar I just had to learn it, especially that great chorus. I have told others that the reason I play the guitar is for music like Darcy's Guitar. Rest in Peace Pete.
Scott Wells
Palo Alto, CA USA - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
This is just so tragic. I hate this so much. I loved Pete's music. "The Crossing" touched something so deep inside's become my life's soundtrack and anthem. You'll be missed, Pete, by so many. I'm so sorry.
Greg Creech
USA - Monday, January 25, 2016
My heart goes out to you Erin. You and Pete did spend many days at the post office. Our office will miss him and the conversations we shared. John Burnett, Lead sales service associate, passport agent. USPS Belle Meade station.
John burnett -
culleoka, TN USA - Thursday, January 21, 2016
I had the privilege and honor of studying with Pete for a whole week at the Alaska guitar camp a few years ago. It all started at the campfire jam the first evening when I heard some incredible playing coming from the second row behind me. Turning around, there was a smiling Pete just tearing it up. In the advanced fingerpicking class, we found out how warm and sharing he was, and how funny. And how awesome a player -- it took all ten of us to do a half-credible job of his solo arrangement of "Superstition". That's about right - ten advanced students to sorta equal one Pete Huttlinger. He really wanted to see a moose around the lake at camp (a common event) but never did. When we got back home to Anchorage after camp, I emailed him a picture of one in the backyard. I am tremendously saddened by this news but know that his troubles are over and he is smiling and playing in heaven's all-star band now. Godspeed Pete, and bless you Erin. That is all I can type now, as I'm tearing up again.
Earl Mullins -
Boise, ID USA - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Pete was an amazing musician, guitar player and teacher. His music has touched many people and his teaching will live on forever in his students and all those that were inspired by him.
Kurt -
Elsmford, New USA - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Not very many people on this earth can make you laugh, cry, and be in awe in the very same instance, Pete had that affect on you.
Byron -
riverside, ca USA - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Erin, Pete has touched so many lives and there is a piece of him in each of his followers so his presence will always be felt. I think often of the weekend you spent with us in Texas and remember it fondly. You both have blessed us greatly. Jack and Tammy
Jack Cameron -
Iredell, TX USA - Monday, January 18, 2016
Erin, the terrible news hit us like a ton of bricks Saturday morning. After all the previous messages, there are almost no words left to use in saying how sorry we are and send you and the children our deepest condolences. After three workshops with him, it felt like he was a friend, and we are so happy that we were able to come to your home in November. Great memories. Take care and be safe, Bill and Sirkku
Bill and Sirkku Ashton -
Leominster, MA USA - Monday, January 18, 2016
My mom went to be with Jesus the same day, she never was able to come with me to see Pete play. I hope that mom will get to experience the pleasure of Pete playing in Heaven. May GOD bless and keep Pete's family. I pray that you experience GOD'S comforting love and peace during this time of loss and grieving.
Stephen Knapp -
Claremont, CA USA - Monday, January 18, 2016
How very sad that after such a remarkable recovery and wonderful attitude for life, we should all suffer the loss of this truly nice guy and remarkable musician. I met Pete and his lovely wife only once and just briefly when I stopped by his table after a small venue concert at the town hall assembly room in Mission Viejo, CA, several years ago. As a peon guitar player who again picked up a guitar after 50 years directly as a result of his wonderful John Denver instructional DVD's, I simply wanted to thank him for making my recovery possible. He laughed and said, That's wonderful to hear! It was easy to sense from that short conversation that he was a genuinely nice guy along with his remarkable talents. I posted a video of Mollie Weaver singing Goin' Home from the last John Denver Tribute Concert and Pete was nice enough to respond with information about the song. If possible, perhaps Molly might consider a professionally recorded version in response to Pete's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the Huttlinger family at this sad time.
Bruce McKissick
USA - Monday, January 18, 2016
Some folks play guitar and some have a gift. Those of us who were lucky enough to see him in concert walked to our cars: still hearing his music in our ears, usually with a lighter step in our walk and his magic in our hearts. It was a gift he shared with us all. I met him at a CD signing and he was as warm and funny off stage. So sorry to hear of his passing and wish you and your family peace of mind knowing he will always be in our hearts. THANKS PETE
Patricia Breitwieser -
Hackettstown, NJ USA - Monday, January 18, 2016
Erin: When PD recommended Pete for one of my house concerts, I confess that I'd never heard (or heard 'of') Pete. That November show, back in 2005, was my introduction to a great guy, and fabulous musician. He would return a year later for a 2nd show, and stood the house on its ear once again. My enduring memory will be of warming up in my green room (the master suite), with PD and Pete before the first show, and having begun the first few bars of Orlean's "Dance With Me", suddenly found my own picking accompanied by both PD and Pete. I was so amazed by the development (and sound), I started laughing, and was unable to continue. Pete was a gracious man, stellar talent, and I count myself extremely fortunate to have known him, however briefly. Certainly he will live in many, many hearts, for a long time to come. Mine included. God bless. Lachlan
Lachlan MacLearn -
Bedford, NH USA - Monday, January 18, 2016
I am truly shocked and saddened by Pete's sudden passing. I was blessed to see him twice with my wife at the Dana Pt Community House in Dana Pt CA (2010). The second time I saw him my wife gave me the gift of a Saturday group lesson with Pete at Tim Johnson's house. Pete was an excellent teacher and truly made learning a new song or technique an enjoyable experience. Little did Pete know at the time but my wife's gift to me of this lesson was her last gift to me as she was fighting terminal cancer at the time and passed away soon after that. Pete's encouragement to not just live life but live well was an encouragement to me during a time of great trial for me. His music was a comfort and an encouragement. Praying for the deep loss the family is feeling at this time. Pete will be greatly missed.
Kent Richardson -
Canyon Country , CA USA - Sunday, January 17, 2016
Erin, we are with you in spirit and keep you in our prayers. I am missing a performer I admired and enjoyed so much, an inspiration I looked up to even though he was younger than I, a teacher who never failed to profoundly improve my playing (even when I was too hard-headed to learn the arrangement correctly), and most of all a friend who was a friend to the entire fingerstyle community. God bless you both. I'm gonna go play Darcy's Guitar now. Steve in Kansas City.
Steve Bell -
Kansas Cutt, MO USA - Sunday, January 17, 2016
With deep regret I note the passing of Pete Huttlinger. I have been playing guitar for over forty years, there are only two guitarists that I know of who deserve the term Gentlemen Guitarists, one was Chet Atkins, the other Pete Huttlinger.
Glenn -
Port Charlotte, Flor USA - Sunday, January 17, 2016
So sorry to hear the news.....Met him once but didn't know until after the fact that he was Pete! Long story. I can now play Darcy Farrow....Thanks Pete.
DW -
Asheville, NC USA - Sunday, January 17, 2016
I am so truly saddened over the news of Pete's passing. Although I never met him, his music touched me so much thru the years that I feel I have lost a dear friend. He has been an inspiration to me from my early days learning guitar to recently, as he taught us to preserve thru trials. My prayers to his family as they navigate through this difficult time.
Rich O -
Rocklamd, Ma USA - Sunday, January 17, 2016
I got to know Pete and Erin when he played an event for the American Heart Association. Over several years, I was privileged to work with him more times, raising awareness about heart disease and stroke through a performance at the International Stroke Conference last year and in a PSA for stroke awareness. And he showed up at our Heart Walk every year that he could. Always, I was struck not only by the beauty of his music, but by the beauty of his spirit, and that of Erin as well. He was funny, he was real, and he gave it everything he had in everything he did. He made a real difference. I will miss him.
Patty Clements -
Dallas, TX USA - Sunday, January 17, 2016
A big part of music has died again with the passing of Pete Huttlinger. His talent was truly extraordinary. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a music camp in Colorado...not only was he an outstanding musician, he was a genuinely gracious and nice man. My heart goes out to his family. Vaya con dios.
Bill Burns
Colorado Spring, Co USA - Sunday, January 17, 2016
So sad that Pete has left us. Thanks, Erin, for beautiful words mustered in the depth of grief. In your pain, you've comforted and encouraged us. Not only did you and Pete together share his gift with the world, you shared your love for each other with us--a song of a different sort--and the world needs that every bit as much as every note he ever played. Praying God's comfort and strength for you, family, and friends.
Steve Lyon -
Willowbrook, IL USA - Sunday, January 17, 2016
There are no words - nor even chords - that express my sadness at this news. Pete's struggle with his heart has lifted me over the past two years as I deal with my own. And his music - his music lives forever. Words are truly worthless at this time, and tears are private. And I had thought about going to Montana this summer. My thoughts and prayers to you, Erin, and your family. Come to Ireland to heal - my door is always open.
Dianna Dennis -
Athenry, Co Gal, Ireland - Sunday, January 17, 2016
Thank you Pete. You are missed. My condolences to Erin and family.
Robert Jernigan -
Winter Haven, FL United States - Sunday, January 17, 2016
My sincerest condolences to the family. Pete has been a great inspiration to me. Loved his music and made a difference in my life. Lar
Larry Elfenbein -
Calabasas, CA United States - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Erin: You do not weep alone. Having admired and held Pete in the highest esteem for many years and then to finally meet him and you last Saturday in Woodstock was such a wonderful event in my life that when I discovered today of his passing I was literally in tears and sick. He obviously adored you and gave you credit for his hard road back from challenges a lessor person would not have even attempted. My life was already the richer from his teaching DVD's. His sweet spirit and quiet since of humor made each lesson fun and approachable. I was there with my son last week and my interaction with Pete regarding meeting our heroes and several Star Trek episodes will always resonate through me. A person with great talent and great humility - the plant is fundamentally a lessor place today. I am delighted to have met you and shared for just a moment the connection that the two you had. I remember you commenting on how Things Are Looking Up was not about you, that you brought your own tooth brush to the relationship - that was an indicator of a meeting and melding of equal spirits. I am saddened beyond words and still fill more than lucky and grateful beyond the grief to have shared an evening with you both. He lived a life worth remembering! Be good, do good! - Dale
Dale Jordan -
Canton, GA USA - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Shocked and saddened by the loss of a great person and guitarist! I had the pleasure of attending a John Denver weekend at Pete's house. I'll never forget how humble and gracious he was! A man of great talent and determination. His humility equals talent! I never would have been able to play any of JDs music if not for Pete! Your one of a kind Pete, nobody can replace you!
J.L. McKelvey -
Delton , MI USA - Saturday, January 16, 2016
thank you Peter for those guitar moments to decipher and play your songs. My sympathy goes to his family. Denis
Denis Paquet -
Darvault, France - Saturday, January 16, 2016
I am still processing, but want to express my deepest sympathy to Erin and all of Pete's family and loved ones as well as his many friends and fans. It is so hard to say goodbye to someone who worked so hard at living.. You lived well my friend - - what an inspiration to so many of us. Thanks for all the memories you have left us with, and of course for all the laughs.. It was truly a privilege to know you.
Vicki Kerwin -
Cape Coral, FL USA - Saturday, January 16, 2016
I had the opportunity to study with Pete at a seminar several years ago. Those four hours are still some of the most musically inspirational moments I've spent in my 57 years of life. He was the most complete guitarist I have ever heard, being able to play any style imaginable with superior feeling, creativity and ability. I consider him to be one of the best that has ever walked the planet. He also was one of the nicest and funniest people I have been blessed to meet. My prayers go out to his family and friends. God Bless you Pete.
Gary Hollis -
El Paso, TX USA - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Pete was an inspiration to me since I first met him many, many years ago playing his Collings guitar at an art fair in Nashville. He was an amazing talent and always found the good in the the challenges life threw at him. We will miss his presence here and cherish the legacy he has left through his music, writing, and loving family.
Bob Tarkington -
Marieta, GA USA - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Pete, you were an inspiration for many of us, and you touched so many lives. You revolutionized what we thought was possible to play on a guitar. I regret not getting to fish with you, or play guitar with you one more time. Prayers for Erin and the kids. God bless you, man. You were one of a kind. Rest easy.
Jack Dunn
Franklin, TN USA - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Pete: May you be surrounded by angels and playing your guitar. May your family be blessed during this time of profound grief. God bless you for what you gave to the world. I will always think of you when I play On Eagle's Wings from your Hymn Book God Speed....
Maria Calfa-DePaul -
Suffern, New USA - Saturday, January 16, 2016
Pete Hope you are not down with this flu.I wanted to ask you a question about John Denver.I know you get tired of answering those.But You and your wife are Christians I am praying with all my heart,That John was a Christian.I love all your playing.You can make me happy or make me cry.It sounds like it is talking!GOD BLESS You and YOU"RS Virginia & John
virginia -
henderson, Tenn USA - Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Hello there Pete, I just finished listening to "Things are looking up" and I truly enjoyed your playing. I haven't listened to your CDs prior to this, but a friend thought the CD and your book (Joined at the Heart) that I've just begun reading, might help me through my health issues, though yours were far more critical than mine. I have Psoriatic Arthritis and Peripheral Neuropathy in both hands, making it difficult to play even simple chords on my guitars anymore; that includes the guitars I've bought, and the guitars I've built. As I read your book, I find your journey back to health truly uplifting, and if I ever find myself having a pity party, I'll think about what you've been through, and smack myself in the head. In closing, let me just say that your journey back to the guitar is an inspiration to those of us who suffer health issues. I hope to see you perform when you come to Connecticut this April. Blessings, Don Lombardi
Don Lombardi -
Danbury, CT USA - Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Not receiving the free Tuesday tab anymore. Enjoyed it very much. Dan
Dan R Clark -
Camano Island, Wash USA - Friday, December 18, 2015
Pete, Let me begin by saying, how much I love your Guitar Arrangements. I've heard a lot of Fingerstyle guitar players, but there's just something about the way you put a piece together that makes it appealing and enjoyable to listen. So in light of that, I'd like to ask whether or not you've ever thought about passing your composition skills on to Fingerstyle-guitar wannabe's, like myself, through some online course? There is no doubt that you are not only a skilled musician, but also a great teacher, which separates you from the rest. I definitely want to learn from you. I'm still chucking away trying to learn some of your pieces, but I am making progress. Needless to say, I would love to be able to learn how to make my own arrangements of Hymns, Gospels and Contemporary Christian songs in the near future. What better way then to learn from the master, such as yourself. I would definitely pay for a course on that!! Please do it Pete! I'm sure I will not be the only with such aspirations. Thanks again and God Bless! Ivan Arellano Oxnard, CA
Ivan Arellano -
Oxnard, CA USA - Friday, December 18, 2015
I just finished watching your interview with Tony Polecastro from The Acoustic Letter. Your story touched my life because I am on the heart transplant list and could face surgery for a heart pump as a bridge to transplant. I ordered your book, Joined at the Heart, and am looking forward to reading it with my wife as we move forward in this new challenge. Thank you for sharing your story.
Fred Blom -
Montevideo, MN USA - Saturday, December 05, 2015
Pete, I really enjoyed your few tunes you picked with Tommy Emmanuel at UH this past Wednesday. I'll be checking your website and hoping you'll do some dates around here solo. Good stuff!!!
Dwayne Wolf -
Houston, TX USA - Saturday, November 21, 2015
Hi Pete, Saw you perform in Danville. I am really glad that Ace invited me. Fantastic show! A special treat to have Mollie sing with you. I picked up your Parnassus CDs and I have got to tell you that this is some of the best music I have bought and heard in years. Great mix of songs. I can't wait for the Volume 2 disc to come out! Hope to see you back home in Danville for another show soon. Happy Holidays!
Ted Tang -
Walnut Creek , CA. USA - Saturday, November 14, 2015
Thank you! Love that you brought Eagles Wings back into my life. God Bless John
John James Mc Keogh -
Des Plaines, Il USA - Friday, November 13, 2015
Pete, Had a great time hanging with you in Danville! After all the years hearing about you from John, you more than lived up to the hype! you are truly a gifted fret man! I cant wait til the next time to hear you play again. And bring the Angel with you again! Carsten Patrick Antioch, Ca.
Carsten Patrick -
Antioch, Ca. USA - Friday, October 23, 2015
Hey Pete, I liked the way you added in a little something about your health status in your last newsletter. For those of us who truly appreciate your music, your instructional DVD's, and your love of life, it's a feel good moment for us to know you're doing well. I've learned a ton from your instructional Denver, Fogelberg and Croce DVD's, things I've wanted to play since I was in high school. Yours are so good and fun, I don't even consider buying one from someone else. Yours are just that good. I keep hoping to see some more of them soon. I'd also love an instructional DVD on the music of Kenny Loggins--he did so many great songs. However, they're tough to figure out and make them actually sound correct. Perhaps one might be in your future plans. Sign me up for that one as soon as it comes out. Thanks!
Bob C. -
Cody, WY USA - Friday, June 12, 2015
Howdy Pete, I simply wanted to say 'thank you' for giving marginally-skilled people like myself the chance to learn guitar... I have purchased each of your instructional DVDs (Jim Croce, John D and Dan F) and have been just thrilled with being able to fingerpick some tunes. Thank you!! You have made learning much easier and fun, which is a credit to your skill and style. I have always wished for more of your instructional DVDs and hope to see more ( some of your music as well as maybe James Taylor???) I can wish, right?? Hope to see you in Texas soon! Take care of yourself:)
David S -
Austin, Tx USA - Thursday, May 21, 2015
Hi Pete, I played guitar years guitar has recently been stolen which really saddens me. I am on Facebook and I keep abreast of your news and music. I have even written some comments that you seemed to like. Today my husband and I are ordering your "Catch and Release" CD which I play your tunes over and over. I figure it's about time I buy and enjoy it at home with my family. I wish you continued success with your music. I will be enjoying it for many a year! I send my peace, joy, love and good health to you. May you be blessed with sunshine each and everyday!
Betty Keutzer -
Oconto Falls, WI USA - Thursday, May 14, 2015
Hello Pete...been a big fan of John Denver since seeing him live 5 times in 1986 here in England!...been learning on and off since then!!...just wanted to thank you for your great John Denver dvds and for taking the time to produce them they are fantastic for anyone learning John's songs.Hope you are well!..thanks again from England.
Paul Jewitt -
SKIPTON, Nort United Kingdom - Sunday, May 10, 2015
Hi Pete. Someone shared this link, and I was so glad they did. Always wondered what became of you after you left N.C. Now I know. You probably don't remember me, but I took lessons from you when you lived in Trent Woods. I think you were about 15 years old at the time. Great memories!! Glad you were able to keep doing the thing you loved! So glad I found your site. I'll be checking on you. Take care and be happy! Joe
Joe Nobles -
Cove City, NC USA - Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Hi Pete, I just bought your John Denver instructional DVD... looking forward to getting that. One question that is driving me batty... Is that a triangle I hear droning throughout the 1972 studio recording of Rocky Mountain High? I am trying to reproduce that sound and am not coming up with the right triangle/beater combination, so maybe it is something else? If you can help shed any light on this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Robert Westhaver -
Groton, Conn USA - Sunday, February 01, 2015
Love the tune Tuesday and especially the Celtic tunes. Don't forget the mandolin players, I enjoyed the mando camp at fur peace and The Kilavil has become one of my favorite tune to play.
Bryan Joseph -
Chillicothe, Oh USA - Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Hello Pete, To let you know that your banjo student and my son Scott Webber passed away in Wheeling, West Virginia on January 10th 2015. He was so happy when you played in Wheeling and he got to see and talk to you that night. I remember all those times in Danville, Ca. waiting in the car while Scott took a banjo lesson from you. My heart is broken, he was only 53 years old. Shirley Wilson
Shirley Wilson -
Concord, Cali USA - Sunday, January 18, 2015

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