March Featured Instructor – Judy Hill

Our featured instructor for the month of March- Judy Hill!

Judy Hill was our guitar instructor at last year’s camp! She currently is the lead singer/guitarist in the band Girl from Dallas Texas.

Judy started playing guitar when she was in high school. She always knew that playing the guitar was not going to be a hobby, but her career, along with singing and songwriting. When Judy was going to college in Denton, she formed her first band called Midnite Lunch.

Judy has 11 guitars, her Santa Cruz acoustic being one of her favorites. She uses GHS Nickel Rockers strings. On stage, Judy uses an 18 watt Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister head and 2×12 Marshall Cabinet. Judy only plays vintage American made guitars.

Some of Judy’s biggest influences stem from when she was younger. “My all-time main idol is Cher. My other influences are X, Siouxsie Sioux, Patti Smith, Concrete Blonde, Heart, The Motels, The Divinyls, The Pretenders, Karen Lawrence, Elvis, The B-B2’s, The Clash, Holly Vincent, Nirvana.

“I still listen to a lot of old music and my all-time favorite artists but some other artists I love are Macy Gray, Beck, Lenny Kravitz, Pink and The Black Keys. Dilana Robichaux’s voice blows me away and I still love and adore my friend Karen Lawrence’s music. I will always be listening to Amy Winehouse, Sublime, Cher, Jimi Hendrix, Beck, T-Rex, Mavis Staples,  AC/DC, 70’s pop music, Concrete Blonde (Johnette Napolitano) and Patti Smith.”

Judy’s favorite part of camp last year was being around all the kids and volunteers! “I was so shy and afraid of being accepted when I first got there but those anxieties quickly disappeared because everyone is just so friendly and fun. Seeing the girls play their original songs at the final concert was so rewarding. I loved everything about Rock Camp! One of her most memorable moments was when one of my students asked me if I would be back next year. I said, “I’m going to try.”  Her answer to me is something I don’t think I’ll ever forget – she immediately looked a little puzzled and said, “What do you mean, TRY?”

When Judy isn’t shredding or playing shows, she enjoys training dogs. “I guess my ‘hobbies’ are training my dogs. I would love to have a little dog-trick show at the state fair. That would be so awesome. I have ridden horses all my life and used to compete in timed events like barrel racing, but back surgery a few years ago put a big damper on that.”

Some advice that Judy would give to beginner musicians is to find their instrument and the right teacher and go for it!


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