Derek Fox loves to tell unique stories, no matter the genre, and he currently has several in the works. He wants his readers to be just as entertained when reading his stories as he is when he is writing them.
He is also an avid guitar player and teacher with over 25 years of experience. His lessons turn the focus away from the common "cheat sheets" and urge his students to acquire the real knowledge of the instrument.
He currently lives in Alabama.
What do you read for pleasure?
Generally, I'm not limited to any specific genre. If the story is good, I'm in it. If the characters are believable, I'm in it. Basically, if an author can get me to read another chapter after I planned to stop, then I'm a fan. One thing that turns me away is an overabundance of cliches that make the story or the character predictable. If I see too much of that going on, I'll close the book. Generally, I'm not into Romance novels, but I'm not opposed to romance in other stories where it pertains to the plot.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Central Florida and North Alabama, back and forth, back and forth. There are cultural differences in those locations, so I got to be around a wide range of folks growing up, and that allowed me to put a certain degree of diversity in character development that I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise. It helped me develop multiple points of view in any given situation so I get to apply that to characters.
The Guitar Fretwork Compendium - Beyond the Basic Chords combines Parts 1 - 3 of the series into one volume. Topics include Major and Minor Triads, Pedal Tones, Broken Chords, Intervals, Scale Construction, and the Basics of Music Theory.
The Guitar Fretwork Compendium Part III - Music Theory Fundamentals introduces the guitarist to intervals, ear training, spelling chords, chord inversions, and harmonized scales. These concepts are the basic foundation for all music and will greatly aid the guitarist when learning any style.
The Guitar Fretwork Compendium Part II - Pedal Tones and Broken Chords introduces the guitarist to the concepts of Pedal Tones and Broken Chords and teaches players how to apply them both together and separately. The repeatable exercises blend the lessons of this book with the lessons learned in Part I of the series.
This book takes the guitarist beyond the basic chords and teaches Major and Minor triad shapes all over the fret board. For all styles of music, the lesson contained in this book is a repeatable lesson, one that can be continued over and over again using a different set of chord shapes every time. With over 200 chord diagrams included, it is essential to increase knowledge and ability.