Hemme B. Luttjeboer


When Hemme graduated from G.I.T. (Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles) in 1986 he returned to his native Canada to pursue his musical ambitions and put some of his newly acquired knowledge to practice. Hemme taught at three music stores, lectured a night school class once a week and had a steady stream of private students. In between a busy schedule he managed to write his own music, rehearse and record.

Things changed rapidly after meeting guitarist Mike Stern. Hemme transcribed three of Mike's tunes and presented them to him. Mike's excitement over them fueled the process of transcribing all of his first two albums. Hemme contacted the Hal Leonard Corporation and they published the subsequent "Mike Stern Guitar Transcriptions" book.

That same year, 1989, he co-transcribed the "Friday Night In San Francisco" folio featuring Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia for the Hal Leonard Corporation. This news precipitated a phone call from Warner Bros Publications to employ Hemme. His first transcription book for them was "A Slip of the Tongue" by Whitesnake featuring Steve Vai.

Teaching guitar soon took back seat to full time transcription work. Since 1989 Warner Bros. Publications, Hal Leonard, Music Sales Inc. Alfred Publications and Mel Bay Publications, Guitar Player and Guitar World, Fingerstyle, Acoustic Guitar and Play Guitar magazines have all published his work. Because he freelances, Hemme has also transcribed for a plethora of independent clients from around the world.