One of the great guitar players to come of Scotland is John Martyn, he influenced many acoustic guitar players. The band America recorded one of his songs ‘Head and Heart’ on their second album. Also Eric Clapton recorded his tune “May You Never’.
John Martyn was very influenced by Davy Graham and the late Nick Drake. Both of these players were his contemporaries and he wrote Solid Air about Nick Drake.
John Martyn uses a very unusual right hand technique, it is extremely percussive. He uses a number of different open tunings and manages to produce a very BIG sound for a soloist. Note how he uses left hand hammer-ons and pull offs
Enjoy the youtUbe video of John Martyn playing May You Never
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