Standing 6-feet tall, Avril Doucette cuts an imposing figure. She competes as a boxer and martial artist. She’s even won a couple of gold medals. She fights in the ring as a light-middleweight at 152 pounds. Yes, she probably could kick your ass!
She’s also a trained actress and a model. And she loves music and playing her guitar.
Five Questions with Avril Doucette
1. What kind of guitar do you play?
I have a Yamaki Guitar given to be by my father. He originally bought it brand new in 1978. I have always loved music. Growing up he played the guitar with me all the time and sang. That gave me the love that I have for music today.
The biggest reason I got into guitar was watching my father, uncles and cousins all playing musical instruments and singing. I came from a musical family, so it just occurred naturally to me. I have a passion for music as I have found a way to express my creativity, my thoughts and my feelings with a song.
2. What styles of music do you like to play?
I prefer to play rock or a ballad on the guitar. Depends on the mood I am in. I have to really feel the music and get into it. It gives me the ability to connect on a deeper level.
I sing as well. I grew up singing Patsy Cline and newer country with jazz influences. Later I discovered pop, alternative and R&B music. I sing both with guitar and without. Sometimes I sing too loudly over the guitar.
3. Who are your favorite guitarists?
My favorite are Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, BB King, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend – I have too many to mention. It depends on the type of music I want to listen to, from blues, country, swing, jazz, death metal, etc.
4. Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?
I am self-taught on both the guitar and singing. I do however look up tips on Google or through musical friends find different techniques for the guitar and singing.
5. Maybe we can give you the title of “World’s Toughest Female Guitarist.” What do you think?
I agree with the title and I would gladly take it! I think I have earned it very much. 🙂