Tapping Maestro: TJ HELMERICH!

Our Brand New Feature 'Elevenses', Throws Eleven Quick Questions At 'Eight Finger Tapping Maestro' TJ Helmerich!

TJ Helmerich has performed, recorded, mixed, taught, produced and written with a host of talent over the years - with names including The Neville Bros, Derek Sherinian, Virgil Donati, Paul Gilbert, Stanley Clarke, Ron Wood, Scott Henderson, Brett Garsed, Jeff Beck and Dweezil Zappa to name but a few.


So what’s your drink of choice at 11am in the morning?

Large coffee w/four shots espresso in it.

Which song/album really made you want to play guitar?

Kiss double platinum!

Who’s the world’s greatest guitarist?

Changes every day…

Who’s the world’s most underrated guitarist?

Brett Garsed!

So what are you up to at the moment?

Trying to promote “Moe’s Town”…our last release on Tone Center records. That and playing the Baked Potato.

What was the last gig you went to (as a member of the audience)?
Who would be in your dream line-up?

Scott Henderson Trio.

The band from “Uncle Moe’s Space Ranch”.

How many guitars do your own and which one is ‘your precious’?

I’m not sure…maybe 11 or so. Most precious is my first real guitar, a Gibson Les Paul Kalamazoo that my dad bought me when I was 13yrs old.

What’s the last great album that you bought (or were given)?

Scott Henderson LIVE!

Do you suffer from stage fright?

Depends on the stage and who is watching!

So what’s your drink of choice at 11pm in the evening?

Can I print illegal substances here? Just joking…you can’t drink it!