Category Archives: Guitarists

Music Stores

There are only two kinds of stores that I like to go in purely for the sake of browsing, trying things on for size, often with little or no intention of buying – book stores and music stores.  Record stores … Continue reading

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Making Musical Sense

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to take a class with renowned jazz guitarist Herb Ellis.  As one friend said at the time, ”Herb has more swing when he snaps his fingers than a lot of people … Continue reading

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Steve Cropper

You have to be impressed with someone whose sound and style defined a musical genre while their name remained unknown to the majority of people hearing the music.  As a founding member of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. … Continue reading

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Guitar: An American Life

Several years ago, while browsing in a large, well-known chain bookstore near Union Square in Manhattan I happened across a book with the intriguing title Guitar: An American Life.   I bought it and read it at least twice, maybe three … Continue reading

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Guitarists You Know By Ear

How many guitarists do you know by ear? You know, those players that you recognize after hearing three or four notes, even if you’ve never heard the song before. Most serious music fans have at least a couple and, I … Continue reading

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Mark Knopfler – Accompany Yourself!

Name as many acts as you can where the lead singer, main songwriter and lead guitarist are the same person.  The list is pretty short.  For my money, and there’s not too much of it,  Mark Knopfler has to be … Continue reading

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“I’m Already Playing Too Many Notes!”

A few weeks ago I watched a video from Christie’s, the famous auction house.  It seems that Richard Gere was auctioning off a number of his guitars with the proceeds to be donated to charity.  I didn’t realize that he … Continue reading

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Do Guitarists Need Music Theory?

This argument has raged since the invention of popular music and has reached fever pitch in the rock era.  Do guitarists need to know music theory?  One side says that theory interferes with feel and emotion.  The other side says … Continue reading

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Larry Campbell

Larry Campbell is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with an impressive list of credits.  With a career as a supporting musician that dates back to 1980 he has recorded and performed with musicians including Shawn Colvin, Roseanne Cash, Levon Helm, Jorma … Continue reading

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Bo Ramsey

Bo Ramsey is a guitar player and producer.  Working predominately in the Americana genre he has produced albums for artists like Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown and Iris Dement.  He also appears as a guitarist on these and other artists’ recordings … Continue reading

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