James Henn was born in 1970 and began playing guitar at age 14. Aspiring to be like his 80's rocker heroes Def leppard, Judas Priest, AC/DC, Ozzy, Van Halen & the Scorpions (to name a few), James began learning his favorite songs and finding friends to jam with. He continued to be self taught for many years. Around age 18, his musical influences began to change. "I was listening to guys like Vinnie Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Jason Becker..." says James. It was at this time that he started to develop his technique.
At age 18, James won an Indiana guitar contest judged by Steve Lynch of the 80's rock band Autograph. James then moved to Seattle and began playing in a rock band named Angel 7. They were fortunate enough to get radio play and to open for bands such as Heir Apparent and Oliver Magnum. After parting ways with Angel 7, James moved back to Fort Wayne only to find that he had developed tendonitis. Following doctor's orders, he was forced to stop playing guitar for nearly eight months.
Somewhere around age 21, James began learning scales and arpeggios, as well as their relation to key placement. "It was then that my technique grew to a new level." says James. Unfortunately, his job at the time was very demanding, and he broke his right index finger (his picking finger) and had to stop playing once again, this time for about a year. Injuries held him down for a time, but not for good.
James began teaching in 1994 and has been at it ever since. He developed his own practice routine and a great way for his students to learn and understand music theory and key placement. He now spends his time teaching, writing music and playing in various bands.