Tom recently sat down with us to talk about his influences, what playing guitar means to him and more on an episode of Ernie Ball: String Theory. Here are the top six things we learned during the episode, along with a timestamp for each segment so you can follow along.
#1 – His first guitar wasn’t of the highest quality. (0:30)
#2 – He started with the pink pack, then graduated to green. (1:02)
When Tom first began playing guitar, he bought Ernie Ball Super Slinky guitar strings, as the packaging was so engaging and he thinks his local guitar shop may have actually only sold Slinkys. “As the years went on and I got kind of out of like ‘weedily’ metal playing and wanted something more substantial, I play Regular Slinky 10s, and it’s kind of all I’ve played.”
#3 – He realized early on that he was never going to be a virtuoso player. (2:18)
#4 – He majored in music in college, and hated it. (3:26)
#5 – Gwen Stefani’s brother helped him break all the musical rules. (4:20)
Eric Stefani was the main songwriter in No Doubt when Tom joined the band (Eric left the band just before the release of the Tragic Kingdom album, and became an animator on The Simpsons). Eric had no theory training, but wrote incredible music that didn’t fit within the rules that Tom had learned in school. “I can learn the language and the framework and the structure, but I learned from Eric how to break all those rules, and how that could help you make great music as well.”
#6 – Taking over as co-songwriter for the band changed their overall sound. (5:35)
Watch every episode of Ernie Ball: String Theory at our website, featuring such players as Kirk Hammett, Paul Stanley, Jade Puget and more. You can also enjoy some of the most popular songs featuring Tom Dumont in this Spotify playlist.
Tom Dumont plays Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings. Do you? Try a set.