Here’s some very nice Steel String Acoustic Guitar by an Australian based Acoustic Guitarist calledPeter Miller. Peter will be performing on the same bill as the great French based guitar player Pierre Bensusan at the Soundlounge on the Gold Coast Queensland.
“Norman Savitt is a unique acoustic guitarist with a versatility, texture and expression that is distinct and timeless. His debut CD, “Norman Savitt and Friends”, brings Norman together with master musicians Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen, David Amram and Susan Mitchell, in a mix of duo and solo pieces, a “compelling musical mix of happy and meditative tunes, played with enjoyment, imagination and care… full of beautiful sounds and good feelings. ”
Normans guitar playing has a folkish, slight roots sort of feel to it, with a hint every now and then of the great Celtic players, but it has a refreshing newness about it. I’m a fan already only after one day.
The beauty of the Blog / Web technology that we have at our finger tips now is it gives people like myself who like people and music the ability to quickly put information out to a broad audience. Readers of my guitar blog sites would recognise by now that I’m always trying to support players of the acoustic guitar of all standards and genres, to inspire, introduce new players and create much healthier relationships with musicians.
Curently I’m writing a series of about thirty guitar players, which are already quite famous and ell respected in their fields. BUT I’ve also decided to do a series of 10 articles on Guitar Players who are passionate about what they do but don’t necessarily aim for the BIG stage. And as I’ve said many times... Music is About Emotions, and it’s not just about technique or getting a Grammy or recognition by musical peers.
The First Guitar Player who I’m profiling in this series is Dan Tharp from Green Valley Illinois
Dan plays nylon and steel string acoustic and uses the occassional digital effect to add texture to enhance his instrumental tunes. His playing is very clean and melodic, it’s thoughful and what I have noticed is I could sit for ages with his music running and go about my business without my thoughts bcoming cluttered. This is actually very good for someone like myself, because I often find myself in a situation where I have to solve complex Web Development issues for myself and others. To have some music which is both musical from a guitarists point of view and accessible to allow the listener to move in and out, shows the quality of what he is doing.
Dan has also made his music available for Web Developers / Site Designers.
You may or may not be familiar with the guitarist Gordon Giltrap, but for those of you that have heard of the brilliant Scottish Jazz guitar player Martin Taylor, Gordon has recorded with Martin. For me that was a surprise because of my memories of Gordon’s album Perilous Journey which came out some years ago.
It looks like Gordon is playing a Flyde Guitar, made popular in the 70’s. His playng at somemoments when he fingerpicks reminds me a little of Bert Jansch. It’s a very live sounding piece.
Here is a tune on Yotube Video by the great acoustic fingerstye guitar player Phil Keaggy. It starts off as a reasonably simple tune but then develops with some rather interesting techniques, it’s a very nice acoustic piece. I was recently introduced to this piece by Peter Miller, an Australian Fingerstyle acoustic guitar player who is playing as a support act for Pierre Bensusanin Queensland Australia at the Soundlounge in Currumbin. Peter’s Website is Peter Miller com
Thanks Peter Miller for introducing us to another great Phil Keaggy tune
Over the years I’ve noticed that a lot of guitar players start playing, then they hit points in their life where other things take over and music drops to the background, their guitar that they so passionately treasured just sits in the corner of a room to gather dust.
I’ll side track a little. I discovered an easy way to get around this happening in the first place, it was something I arrived at due to teaching guitar to a lot of kids over the years. I had always tried to get the parents to NOT call music practice HOMEWORK. When people call music development ‘homework’, the kid suddenly sees music as a chore, or maybe even the ENEMY, instead of being the beautiful gift it is which they can carry through their life to express themselves. So, the underlying thing here is about the thinking; if we can’t see the benefits and only see the work involved we lose sight of why we’re doing something in the first place.
What I found with kids learning music was it was important to take time out from their music practice. The ultimate goal, as I see it for a music teacher to do is to get the student to the point when they fall in love with music. Once this happens it’s easy to teach, until then there’s often a bit of a pull in all directions. What’s needed is to be able to get the student to be organised enough with their time, that they can comfortably do enough for their music skills to gradually increase and then become a natural part of their life.
My understanding, which made me rethink a lot of things about playing was when one day, a kid asked me “Do I have to practice in the holidays?”. My reply was “no, I think it’s good to take a break, this will help your return to music a little fresher, go swimming, ride your bike, fallout of a tree, eat ice cream, break a leg or something crazy, but you’re going to need to set a date to get back into some organised pattern again”.
I’m pretty sure, the reason why a lot of players leave the guitar in the corner and don’t return to it is because they don’t organise their time and don’t have the right resources and inspirational material close at hand, and then it all seems too much
The best way to reenter music after time of is:
Set a return date and stick to it
Have plenty of resources around to inspire you
Clean the guitar and change the strings, even go a gauge lighter
Play a few simple things to warm yourself up a but, if you try and play things that are a little complex you can end up frustrated
Tell the world to go away, you’re busy because music is important to you