If Jeff Beck’s name that is mentioned amongst guitar players who have been around for years, it generally creates a feeling of humility. Regardless how good you be, it’s always hats off to Jeff Beck. My first real awareness of Jeff Beck was on the Beck Bogart and Appice album in the early seventies, with tunes like Black Cat Moan and Superstion. This led me to explore his earlier work like Rough and Ready with Bob Tench on vocals and Max Middleton on keys and introduced me to tunes such as Definitely Maybe.
I was fortunate to see Jeff Beck play live once with Jan Hammer, the keyboard player. His tone is unmatchable by players, his technique unique because he plays fingerstyle, but it doesn’t sound like it. His control of elecronics is so far ahead of most other players.
The Jeff Beck Youtube video is called Nadia. When I first heard it, my thoughts were that he had bridged the gap between Indian music and rock, and I don’t mean Bollyrock. I mean the deep transcendal side of Indian music that digs deep into the soul of each us.
And yes, as a guitar player, I am humbled when I hear this tune.
Over the past year I, Tony Hogan have created two of the premier acoustic guitar blog sites on the world wide web. Just because I have written about acoustic guitars and have specialized in resources to help the acoustic guitarists develop by no means implies that I do not have an interest in the electric guitar.
So now that I my two major acoustic guitar blogs are running smoothly, the acoustic guitarist and the acoustic guitar I felt it was time to venture into one of my other great loves, the electric guitar. From time t time you will see players that you know, great youtube videos and information about electric guitar players, but what I really would like to do is introduce you to players of different styles that you may not have heard of. Often there are great guitar parts that are easy to miss because they are so well arranged and fit so beuatifully into a tune that people miss it. Yeah sure, there’s lots of players that are flashy, but what about the other guys and ladies that just play awesome guitar, but because of our lack of understanding we miss the brilliance.
So this is a labour of love for me, and like all things good such as music, it’s those that are a labour of love that will be the most beneficial in the long term. As a player of guitar for 39 years I’ve seen and heard a lot, but I am also intelligent enough to know I haven’t even scrapped the surface.
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