Monthly Archives: August 2008

Felder’s book

Over on Amazon.com there’s a 20 minute or so interview with Don Felder. This is one of the most interesting bits with him that I’ve ever heard.

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Barney Kessel gives the lowdown on his guitar

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Robert Conti on eight-string guitar

Imagine the tension on that guitar neck; maybe the truss bar is made of titanium. On electric guitars these extra strings are bass, e.g., F# B (followed by E A d g b e). Some accoustic eight-string guitars I believe have at least one extra treble. In the piece above as Conti plays solo, before the bassist joins in at 1:09, those deep extra basses almost sound like a regular bass guitar.

Whether Conti’s playing an eight or his regular six-stringer I’ve never seen such effortless fingering from any other guitarist.

Robert Conti is my favorite jazz guitarist (his fingers effortlessly perform every nuance of a melodic/chordal phrasing) There’s a lot of Conti videos collected at this Youtube master page

By the way, here’s Robert Conti back in the year of 1969 playing a classical guitar finger style:

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Finally, Guitar Hero for Christians

Only this one’s called Guitar Praise… Solid Rock. Here’s a link to it on boing boing. And here’s the order page. I wonder if the Pope has one of these?

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Toots Thielemans

Toots Thielemans

I first heard guitarist/harmonicaist Toots Thielmans on a vinyl album I came acorss in a LP store in Quebec, Canada, when I visited there a few years ago.  It was from when he was playing in the George Shearing quintet. Toots is probably best know for his 1961 jazz masterpiece Bluesette (played on harmonica; and here’s a live bossa nova edition from ’07, with Thieleman on guitar this time).

Here’s another version I like a lot. It’s by jazz guitarist Robert Conti:

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Even an eight year old guitarist can get the blues

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More neat guitars

Check out this Zebrawood bass guitar, one of the most beautiful crafted instruments I’ve seen, though the “horns” seem pretty dangerous. Yes, this bass guitar design clearly qualifies as really super neato.

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