- main way of expression: playing an instrument (mainly, but not only a guitar) and is not a singer and/or song writer
- plays accoustic, electric (jazz and rock) and synthesizer guitars
- is a teacher for guitar at university, helps/sponsors other musicians
- is very productive: which other guitar player has such a long list of live concerts and such a discographie?
- plays own music and composed more then 500 pices of guitar music (for example longer than 70 minutes with several different guitars/guitar parts)?
- plays with Michael Brecker and Jaco Pastorius (simply belonging to the all time best musicians on their instruments) and such fantastic musicians as: Chick Corea, John Scofield, David Bowie, Lyle Mays, Gary Burton, Brad Meldau, ...
- is innovative and creates/plays own guitars (e.g. a Pikasso guitar)
- has for each situation in live matching guitar music