As steel string acoustic guitar players, it’s good to get inspired by other musicians, particularly Nylon String guitarists. There is none better these days than Vicente Amigo the Flamenco player. Check out how good this guy is, apart from being a brilliant technician, he plays with phenomenal passion. Here is a performance with vocals and percussion
To check out more Vicente go to Vicente Amigo Video
Every now and then I encounter a guitar player who blows my brain apart, one such player is Vicente Amigo a flamenco player from Spain. Thankyou to Peter Miller for introducing me to this music. If you haven’t heard this guy, you are in for a treat.
Here is Vicente’s web site (How’s your Spanish?) and also Wikipedia information Vicente Amigo
Here’s a Youtube of the great Brazilian guitar player called Joao Gilberto, famous from the sixties for his work with Astrid Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim (also named Tom Jobim). This the classic song Girl from Ipanema, a tune that has been ruined by many 🙂 , but when played well it is a masterpiece. Like any tune, it’s what you do with it that counts. This recording was made 40 years after the original.
For more beautiful guitar, check out Paco De Lucia
Many of us have heard two guitar players playing Dueling Banjos; I thought it was quite interesting to see this youtube Acoustic Guitar Video of Edgar Cruz playing a solo version on nylon string guitar. It’s just under two and a half minutes long. I feel that it might inspire some other solo guitar players to work out their own versions of the old classic tune.
You might also like to hear Tommy Emmanuel play Classical Gas
Click the following link to hear Tommy Emmanuel Classical Gas
Here’s a very interesting video of the great flamenco guitar player Paco de Lucia. The tune is called Solea. As many would realise, Paco is a very adventurous guitar playr that has explored other areas of music apart from flamenco guitar, he toured extensively with the great jazz rock guitar players John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola. I was fortunate enough to see the three of those incredible legends live in concert, also on the samne night Steve Morse joined them on stage for a number of tunes.
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.