Preston Black/ Tripkase
Born on March 20, 1984 in Alabama, Preston Black received his first guitar at the age of 13 as a gift from his father. This would be the beginning of a life long love and obsession between Preston and his guitar.
Preston spent may late nights practicing and learning the songs and solos of such guitar legends as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Paul Gilbert. These countless hours of practice would change Preston's life forever.
Since he started playing guitar, Preston has learned and studied many styles of music. These styles include everything from Rock to Country, Classical to Jazz, and everything in between. For two years Preston studied guitar on a college level. He continued his studies with Premier Guitar Magazine columnist and National Guitar Workshop faculty Jeff Beasley. Preston has also studied guitar with Eddie "Spanky" Alford who has played with famous musicians such as John Meyer and Joss Stone.
Preston has also won his share of guitar contests. The first time Preston was able to showcase his ablities on guitar was during a talent show at his highschool during his senior year. Preston dominated the talent show and made a name for himself. Since then, he has won a number guitar contests sponsored by several different radio stations in Huntsville, AL. Most recently Preston won first place in a YouTube EMG and Zakk Wylde sponsored "Shred Challenge." Preston was up against great guitarist from all over the globe.
Preston has played live in many different venues for a variety of audiences. He has shredded on stage with such greats as Mark Tremonti of Alterbridge.
Preston currently resides in Huntsville, AL where he teaches guitar and is working on material for his debut solo album set for release sometime in 2011.