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Virtuoso guitar technique
« on: March 04, 2020, 06:30:38 pm »
Not immediately obvious until I started to pay attention, what seemed to me to be some very clever stuff going on with Lindsey Buckingham and Big Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdd_fv0xrSo

Thought there could be some interesting stuff under this heading.

Re: Virtuoso guitar technique
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2020, 06:53:05 pm »
Looks like a sort of claw-hammer technique as used on banjos.

Don't think there is anything unusual going on except of coarse for the sheer speed and metronomic timing of his thumb which is pretty amazing.

He's a very underrated player I think.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Virtuoso guitar technique
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2020, 07:01:23 pm »
OK Lindsey says its travis picking, sort of.

https://youtu.be/iBSWt0b4K8E

Whatever it is he's rather good at it :)
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Virtuoso guitar technique
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2020, 07:15:15 pm »
I find Martin Simpson's playing style particularly expressive. Not quite figured out why it's so effective, but it's something to do with the use of arpeggio combined with his continual variation of tempo and dynamics. The music just seems to flow out of the instrument.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y72AITkHJ98

 

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Re: Virtuoso guitar technique
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2020, 07:16:56 pm »
OK Lindsey says its travis picking, sort of.

And then you add the third finger...

Of course! It’s so simple when you put it like that, Linds old bean.

Anyway, here’s a nice bit of Pat Metheny for you... or rather, several Pat Methenys...

https://youtu.be/_TKVpUSWCug

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Re: Virtuoso guitar technique
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2020, 07:38:08 pm »
Martin Taylor has built a career on making a guitar sound like two guitars. Here's an imperfect example which I think is all the more more interesting for his not having warmed up yet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfFPdLRIjKk

And here's a bit of jazz lead guitar from the same guy. I think he's chanelling Kenny Burrell here ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfFPdLRIjKk 

Here's the same duo in an informal setting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCBgBXZeORc

Re: Virtuoso guitar technique
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2020, 08:31:53 pm »
Ham, next time I come round I can show you how to do it.

In the video polbeck links to in Reply #2 Lindsey does a quick demo of basic Travis picking. I learnt it because Paul Simon was my inspiration when I started. Lindsey has just refined the technique to create his own technique and sped it up for this song.

Re: Virtuoso guitar technique
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2020, 09:47:51 pm »
Not sure it's appropriate to mix and match comparing jazz and rock, it's all too easy to say jazz is "better" but actually, both genres have their own character. I posted the Big Love track not because it is the best guitar track ever, but it is bloody fine playing, I really like the left hand work, with the hammer-ons and grace notes. Plus, it's fun seeing what others come up with.

My personal guitar bar was set back in the 70's in Ronnie Scotts, where I was this ->  <- far away from Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel (who, alone, was one of my all time guitar heroes) <shuffles off to yootoob> Of course it's there https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i95Zey9QsB4

And rr - if you were over here you'd have an income stream from lessons.... I needs 'em!

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Re: Virtuoso guitar technique
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2020, 12:47:20 pm »
The Panel may be interested in self-styled "Redneck Jazz" guitarist Danny Gatton, whom no less an authority than Steve Vai has called the greatest ever.  Can't see it myself, but then I'm a philistine.
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