Justin King has a contemporary approach to acoustic guitar, he includes tapping, hammer ons, harmonics, percussive techniques… all at the same time 🙂 There’s a lot going on here, and many people who are only used to traditional guitar styles are in for a shock.
For other guitar players that use contemporary techniques in a musical way check out Anton Dufour
In the early seventies Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull was voted in a survey the man that mothers would least like their daughters to hgo out with. Obviously at that time they were not aware of the beautiful antique parlor guitar collection that he would one day have. Although many people know Ian Anderson as a flute player and Martin Barre as the guitarist of Tull, Ian’s acoustic guitar playing has had an impact on a lot of players. Although simple in style it is always very musical. In this youtube video clip Ian does the classic song Wondering Aloud which was originally on the Aqualung album. In this case the line up is a small ensemble. I all those mums saw it today, they’d probably say “How nice!”
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Recently I’ve posted about a number of British guitar players, todays acoustic guitar video article is about Martin Carthy, a very good open tuning guitarist. The song is called the Siege of Delhi (not a very nice piece of British history), it is a march and is in the tuning of CGCDGA, it’s in 2/4 time and uses a lot of alternating thumb work. Martin plays a lot of traditional music, but his ability to adapt it to open tunings on guitar separates him out from other players, his tunings are highly unusually and are a long way from the standard D, E , G open tunings. The first part of the video he plays the tune, then he dissects it.
for another great player on video check out Don Ross