Video: Daniel Donato on His Journey to Nashville Guitar Stardom

Over the past month, we've released weekly videos in which our pal Daniel Donato has taught some pretty cool guitar lessons, from his own unique brand of hybrid picking style to how to play Jerry Garcia-style chromatic riffs and Jerry Reed-style double-stops. We've loved learning those lessons and hearing about which artists have inspired Donato, but this week, we wanted to learn more about Daniel Donato himself.

Growing up along with what he calls the Guitar Hero video game generation, Donato grew up listening to a lot of hard rock that the game was known for and that his father enjoyed. He started playing guitar at 12 years old, and just two years later found himself serendipitously invited on stage (for the first time ever) to sit in with a band playing a corner bar on Bourbon Street. That's where he really fell in love with guitar, enlivened by the audience and the stage, and committed to pursuing that feeling over and over.

Check out the rest of the video above to hear about Donato's time spent busking on the street all day in Nashville, and how his steadfast persistence—and vigorously honed chops—landed him a gig with the Don Kelley Band, which has helped get him to where he is today, countless albums and stages later. And be sure to check out any of the lessons you may have missed by clicking the links below.


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