Guitar wizard, performer and composer Brian Wendt talked about his favorite guitar players and the type of music he likes. He lives to perform in front of a live audience.

"I view myself as a guitarist, but to many, the guitar is just another instrument. I think of the guitar as my own separate entity," Wendt says.

He plays an acoustic guitar, one without amplification, and it fits his style and compositions.

Most of Wendt's music is instrumental and influenced by ragtime, blues, jazz and classical guitarists. His fingers fly over the frets as he brings to life those hot licks that all guitar aficionados wait for. He feels that singing detracts from the guitar.

So far, Wendt has created about 60 pieces of original instrumental music.

Wendt's degree is from Binghamton State University in New York. It is in creative writing with a minor in music.

He started his career as a writer, but the guitar was calling him.

His first instrument was an inexpensive guitar retrieved from the dusty confines of the family attic. He stared playing when he was 11 or 12 years old.

As with many teenagers, he experimented playing with a band, but soon discovered he was better as a soloist. His first public performance was at the age of 14.

Later, Wendt became enamored with Blind Blake, a ragtime player that appeared on the Chicago music scene in 1928 and vanished four years later.

Wendt made his first recording in 1984 on cassette and went on to record his first CD in 2008, "One Man, One Guitar."

It consists of a variety of pieces, some composed by Wendt but combined with well known guitar instrumentals such as "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams. Also included is an instrumental version of "Layla," made famous by Eric Clapton.

He is presently working on his second CD inspired by his Loveland surroundings reaching west to Rocky Mountain National Park. It is called "Images for Solo Guitar Colorado" to be released in June or July.

 His website is brianwendtguitar.com. His is CD available locally and online