Now a guitar teacher full time, Little sees even fewer opportunities for his guitar students -- most of them teenagers. The few available live venues tend to be in bars and only seeking entertainers late at night.
"I've watched opportunities go down the toilet in the last 10 years, and I think, 'Where are these kids going to play?'" Little said. "So I'm inventing venues."
And so, several times now, Little has given his students the chance to play live shows for real audiences. The first few shows were at Alex Alleys. There was another at Robe-Ann Park.
Little then connected with friend and old bandmate Chris Newton, assistant director of DePauw's Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, who suggested the use of the Pulliam Center's Watson Forum.
Now at 2 p.m. on Sunday, the students will have not only a live audience, but a facility with professional-quality equipment and acoustics.
"I think the cool part is it gives the students a chance to stand up in front of someone and play," Newton said. "One step past Guitar Hero is to actually get up in front of people and play it."
Not only do the kids get the chance to play, but they get a backing band from Little and some bandmates.
"The kids are so thrilled," Little said. "I always ask them if they're nervous and they say, 'Yes, but we are so excited.'"
Playing at Sunday's recital will be Justin Hartman, Marcus Benassi, Trenton Workman and Jeremy and Parker Black, a father-son duo. The show will also feature Amnesia, a four-piece band of Anthony Alex, Lucas Eckrich, Reggie Alex and Mike Wood.
While the show is being billed as a recital, Little wants there to be no mistake -- this will not be a stiff replaying of stuffy songs. The students choose their own music, running the gamut of rock, including Joe Satriani, the Who, 3 Doors Down, Lynyrd Skynyrd and John Mayer.
Besides the superior sound, the Watson Forum offers some other opportunities for this show. The venue's movie screen will be down during the performances, with photos and other images projected onto it that go along with a song's content.
Additionally, and even more importantly, the location gives Little and Newton a great chance to film the performances.
"We're going to have such great production value because of the room," Little said.
Not only are the performances being filmed, but the students have already been filmed preparing and will have exit interviews on tape. The footage will be made into a documentary to be featured on local cable access in the next month.
Little and Newton also hope to submit the completed documentary to next year's Heartland Film Festival.
"We'll see what we get at the end, but there will be enough stuff to do what we want," Newton said.
Sunday's concert is free and open to the public.