This youtube video of Phil Keaggy playing Acoustic Guitar is a very good example of a guitar player that is really thinking about texture. Although it’s great to play spontaneously, when you take the time to consider simple things such as when to use a plectrum (pick) or when to drop it and play fingerstyle, you’ll ultimately end up with a result that suits the flavor of the tune. Phil Keaggy is now one of the acoustic guitar players at the forefront of his craft, which equals playing beautiful guitar. He’s a player worth exploring.
This video of Phil has him playing an Olson guitar (a notable guitar worth owning), the use of amplification is very good in this clip and doesn’t destroy the guitar’s sound, the amplification /processing adds a little depth to the recording.
He also is using a Schubb capo, my favourite because they don’t put the guitar totally out of tune if you kuse them right. Personally I use my schubb upside down because I find it gives me better intonation.
This tune is called the Wind and the Wheat, a very sensitive tune, the type that is worthwhile learning for when you want to just sit around and play and get lost in your playing.
Quite frankly I find his playing exceptional and he’s a playing that is not going to go away.
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the guitar player featuring Pierre Bensusan
The Home Page of the Guitar Player is the-guitarplayer.com
it also has many youtube guitar videos and guitar Scales in TAB form as well as the music notation.