Category Archives: Guitar
Well here’s the whole boring story (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058142/Amanda-Knox-falls-guitar-man-James-Terrano-returns-normal-life.html)
Yes, a yard shaped like a guitar. The yard and the house can be yours for a little under 18 mil. Here.
I’ve always loved this theme; on twelve electric strings it’s the next best thing to the full orchestra version.
Hey wait a minute here’s one (with a Irishy folksy variation in the middle) on 36 strings more or less…
Montreal Guitar Trio with the California Guitar Trio
I think that sums it up pretty good…After all, why ” would someone create a replica of Blackie, complete with every single nick and scratch, including the wear pattern from Mr. Clapton’s belt buckle and the burn mark from his cigarettes? And why is that replica expected to fetch at least $20,000 at Wednesday’s auction, and probably much more?…” Read the rest of this article in the NY Times.
“Flamenco has a solid reputation for being hermetic to those who have not been initiated into it. Some pretend that this hermeticism is nothing but a pretext to disguise its limits and insufficiencies. Isn’t flamenco, under these conditions, nothing but a carefully managed eye fooler? The question of its deep-seated nature cannot be forever eluded. Are we in the presence of true art or a popular art? Yet, it seems to be accessible only to the initiated, even though they are relatively small in number. It is a fact that flamenco, formed by shades of light and dark, is elusive. It loses its own authenticity in contact with the forces of the music hall footlights. Yet, it resurges with its own complete vigor in semi-dark caves…” Read mere here (originally pub way back in 1981 in Guitarra magazine, now brought online.
On Greek guitarist Smaro Gregoriado’s new album, Reinventing Guitar: “…The album features a mixture of traditional guitar pieces, all craftily arranged by Gregoriadou, as well as original works penned by the Grecian guitarist. All of the pieces are performed on instruments built by the modern luthier Yorgos Kertsopoulos, guitars that are designed to not only evoke new sounds from the guitar, but to greatly expand the range and harmonic possibilities of the instrument…” Article’interview here (from Guitar International). This link has some pics of some pretty radical designed classical style guitars
This is what a $5000.+ guitar looks like: Gibson Les Paul Cherry Sunburst
Duo: Chinese pipa (played by Liu Fang) and classical guitar (Michael O’Toole).
I’m generally not a big fan of Eastern music but the combination here is beautifully haunting. According to the video info it’s is a transcription basesd on Philip Glass’s composition for string quartet.
Jeff Corallini plays ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ on a seven-string bass.
I’ve posted several stories of criminals using guitars as weapons. Here’s another.
“…Mr. Assad, 57, is half of what critics consider the world’s leading classical guitar duo, with his brother Odair. He almost won a third Latin Grammy in the ceremonies held Nov. 11; he was nominated twice for Contemporary Classical Composition. The Washington Post suggested that the brothers might be “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history…” Here.
The brothers in younger days.
There are Gods of the classic guitar, jazz guitar, flamenco guitar; there are even Gods of the Banjo and Uke. Above are electric guitar Gods (please leave the appropriate sacrifice).
Known as the King of the Surf Guitar during the early sixties, Dick Dale, now 73, a survivor of cancer which struck him at 27, is probably best known today for that amp-driven bassey sixties surfer hit Miserlou, which, by the way, had a comeback in the movie Pulp Fiction. Well Dale is back anew with “Guitar Legend: The Very Best of Dick Dale” and is about to start his “Electric Acoustic” tour in California. Here’s a recent article about him.
Dick Dale & The Del Tones: “Misirlou” from 1963 (as played in the movie A Swingin’ Affair)
Notes: When you’re watching this try to concentrate on Dale’s playing and not the blonde dancing in front of him; secondly keep in mind that the bass player is NOT a zombie…Here’s Dick Dale performing an updated version of “Misirlou”(1996)…Here’s Dick Dale, along with Stevie Ray Vaughan doing “Pipeline”; it’s about the weirdest video I’ve ever seen (Dale’s hair is scarrrrrrrrey)… It seems, at least in some of his videos (er, like the one above), Dale plays with the strings in reverse order, high e at the top, then b, g, d, a, and low e…Dale, as he admits in some interviews, isn’t a great player but he does play loud, and for him, and his fans, that’s all that really matters… Type his name in Youtube and you’ll come up with a basket of stuff.
Update: new Dick Dale article.
This is the stuff that gives performers nightmares: what happens to your career when your hand is injured or some medical condition, sometimes even a minor one, reduces your normally superb hand control to something a lot less than it was at its peak. Well about ten years ago this nightmare came true for world-renowned classical guitarist Liona Boyd. One of her fingers developed a nerve condition which gradually ruled out a concert career. “…I’ve worn out the neuroreceptors that control the fingers,” she explains. “With me, it was mostly the one finger, the one you need for arpeggios…” Result? Today Ms Boyd is a folk singer who, along with performing song styles ranging from Joan Baez and other music from the sixties, to New Age type compositions, and in accompaniment uses a regular strumming technique, which is to say she uses a pick. Read more here (“Liona Boyd Sings a New Song”).
Below is Liona Byrd with a her singing partner Srdjan Givoje. She’s not using a pick here though; evidently she’s back to fingerstyle to some extent. I’ve seen several of her singing videos on Youtube; though she has a really beautiful voice, some of her facial gestures are overly dramatic, stagy.
Note: As far as a bad finger goes here’s some advice (and I have no idea whether or not it’s sound)
I’ve heard of fretless bass guitars of course but never a regular six string fretless. Below is a demonstration (the guitarist on the right). Looks pretty cool
And here’s your friendly fretless guitar resource.
It’s no secret, in order for the guitar to more effectively and, let’s face it, commercially, compete for the ever changing tastes of concert audiences, it has to experiment with as many facets of composition as possible, and according to some, like concert guitarist Flavio Sala, in this interview with Guitar International, for example, that includes renditions of pop and other genres and rhythms of music (by the way, Sala also talks about the touchy subject of using amplification). Well, anyway, here’s a quote from Sala stating the crux of the matter: “I spent a lot of time practicing and playing classical repertoire in my concerts and tours, but suddenly I realized that each place has its functional repertoire. I saw quite well known guitarists playing Villa-Lobos Studies and Brouwer compositions in a popular party like they were in the Carnegie Hall. That was just ridiculous…Guitarists should not close their eyes and live their lives as if the traditional classical guitar repertoire is the best in the world. Come on, the world is full of beautiful music. We just need to open our minds, discover it and share it with people…” I guess he’s saying, Loosen up.
I’m surprised how many people think that the classical guitar rep consists only of romantic Spanish or 18th century Western European (Bach, Mozart) transcriptions, or that it that the apex of its modern compositions stopped with H. Villa-Lobos; here’s an example of the wide selection offered by composers of today. For example, this is Saudade #3 by the French composer-guitarist Roland Dyens. It is played here by the great Japanese guitarist Kaori Muraji.
Below is another Dyens piece, played by Meng Su, Yameng Wang, Chen Shanshan ,Li Jie
Monica Esparza–this is the first female guitar-maker I’ve come across, though I’m sure there’s more. They seem like first rate instruments. “I create the elegance of the “V-Joint” neck, as employed by Hauser and Romanillos, to add to the craftsmanship and esthetic beauty of the instrument. I finish the instruments with the hand rubbed French polish to bring out the beauty and natural tones of the guitar.” Here’s her website, where the quote was taken.
Well, actually it’s not the guitar itself that’s so expensive but who owned and played it before. Here.
Below, for example, is Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocaster. Price: two million dollars, surpassed in value only by a Fender Stratocaster signed by the likes of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, etc., etc and going for two and three-quarter million.