Monthly Archives: December 2008

Bernard Fanning Youtube – Watch Over Me

Bernard Fanning is an Australian Singer Songwriter Guitar Player and in his other parallel incarnation is the lead singer of a band called Powderfinger.

This youtube Acoustic Guitar video is of Bernard Fanning performing one of his solo tunes called Watch Over Me.    This is a great ballad to play and sing.  My favourite by Bernard Fanning is Songbird.

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Great Singer Guitarist Albums

It’s almost 2009 so I thought I’d write a short article on my favourite acoustic guitar singer songwriter albums.  The ones that I think are a standout.  Yes there are many others but I love these ones.

Harry Manx - Mantras for Madmen

Harry Manx - Mantras for Madmen

This beautiful album is a mix of blues guitar, slide and Indian music.  Yes that’s right Indian from India ( think Sarees, Samosas and Insence type India).

Harry Manx is a Canadian guitar player who also plays a Mohan Vina.  Think of a guitar that has sort of morphed into a sitar and then you’ll get it.  

Although at times this album has slight Eastern feel, it is NOT New Age floaty music full of synthisisers and two chords going backwards and forwards.  This guy is for real, he has taken the best of East and West and blended it into a very original style that is incredibly beautiful.  He plays very nice slide as well.  

Nick Drake - Pink Moon

Nick Drake - Pink Moon

Nick Drake lest the world far too earl. He was  a British acoustic guitarist, singer songwriter who played a lot of open-tuned guitar tunes.  He had an etherial voice, a bit similar to John Martyn.  And John Martyn recognised the influence that Nick Drake had on his music.  He dedicated the song Solid Air to Nick Drake.  Even today,  more than thirty years after his death, his music still sounds fresh and accessible to a younger audience as well as to those of us that listened to him in the seventies.  You may notice that the outer cover of the CD is different to the original one, but once you pull the CD out of the sleeve, there is a mini version of the original cover.   Ge yourself a copy.
 

John Martyn - Solid Air

John Martyn - Solid Air

 Speaking of John Martyn,  the Solid Air album set the benchmark in the early seventies, both for John Martyn and other acoustic guitarist songwriters.  It included songs like May You Never, Go Down Easy,  Over the Hill and other tunes which so many players like myself have added to the their acoustic repertoire. 

It’s pretty close to the perfect album and has stood the test of time, John Martyn uses a very rhythmic right hand  percussive strumming pattern at times, not unlike the Brazilian players.  John Martyn is a Scottish singer guitar player. On another album he does a version of the folk song called Spencer the Rover,  he manages to tell a story in a very convincing way.  John Martyn also wrote the song Head and Heart which was covered by America on the Homecoming album.

I’ll cover a few other albums over the next few days.

Tony Hogan

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We Three Kings Youtube – Tim Thompson

Ok it’s Christmas.  Here’s a youtube guitar video by a guitar player called Tim Thompson.  As I haven’t recorded ay of my own arrangements of Christmas tunes , I thought it would be nice to point you to some other players. 

Here’s a link to his site

http://www.timthompsonguitar.com/

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Steve Howe Youtube – Yes Mood For a Day

Anyone who was alive, conscious and listening to music in the early seventies would have been aware of the British band called Yes with Steve Howe on guitar.  Yes were very experimental in their style and were up there at the time with Pink Floyd, Wishbone Ash, Genisis, Jethro Tull, Emerson Lake and Palmer, all pushing out the boundaries of rock music.  Steve Howe was and still is a very popular guitar player. Although he wasn’t a classically trained guitar player, he managed to draw from that style.  In Mood for a Day you’ll hear a few Bach quotes (woof woof, sorry but it’s Christmas and as a non drinker it’s my chance at carrying on stupid.)  I was fortunate to see Yes live in about 73 or 74, very memorable concert.

Enjoy this youtbe video of Steve Howe guitar player from Yes.

Acoustic Guitar Player Tony Hogan

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Tim Sparks Youtube – Acoustic Guitar

Tim Sparks is a great fingerstyle acoustic guitar player.  If you asked me who were the top ten acoustic fingerstyle players that I like, Tim Sparks would be on my list.  I particularly like the album One String Leads to Another.  Tim often ventures of into music of other cultures as well.  The album At the Rebbe’s Table, he applies his brilliant guitar arranging skills to a whole lot of Jewish folk songs.  He can also play very nice blues guitar. On this Acoustic Guitar Youtube, Tim Sparks is playing a nylon string.  The song is called Samiotisa.

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Antoine Dufour Youtube – Acoustic Guitar

Here’s another great youtube by Canadian guitar player Antoine Dufour.  He has one of the smoothest left hand fretting techniques I’ve seen in a long time.   Great harmonics and artificial harmonics, as well as a sensible taping technique, he keeps it musical.

To hear another Antoine Dufour Youtube click here Antoine Dufour

 

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Stefan Grossman Youtube Guitar Video

Here’s a great tune by Stefan Grossman’called Bermuda Triangle Exit recorded in 1977, it’s one I learnt about 30 years and still play to this day.  It’s written in the style of Jerry Reed the great guitar player who died earlier this year.  The first section of the tune has a descending bass part that descends one note at a time.  It starts on an E minor, then steps down to the Major 7th  in the bass, then the 7th, and 6th,  similar  to many other tunes like What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, Masquerade etc.  It is a fantastic tune to play and I often use it to warm up on, and if you sing a couple of tunes in the same key Em, it’s a good one to use as the middle tune in a medley.  You’ll notice he’s capoed up at fret two, this will put the tune into F Sharp minor.  The original arrangement that I had in the seventies was published in a Guitar Player Magazine.

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