I’m compelled to share this jaw-dropping video performance that I literally stumbled on, by an artist I’d never heard of (John Butler). At 12 minutes it’s long, but considering he’s playing a 12-string, we’re talking endurance. Anyway, I hope you like.
Now that’s some impressive stuff! Am off to open a beer and feel sorry for myself about how bad a guitar player I am after watching that . But seriously that was really cool and thanks for sharing Gary.
We had the great pleasure of seeing him perform live at the Port Fairy Folk Festival earlier this year (March). The venue was standing room only with good reason, just superb entertainment. His 12 string is actually an 11 string.
Wow - lucky you, it must have been amazing! He connects at a level few are able to achieve. I gathered from the absent peg that it was -1G-string by design, which is interesting. I used to play a 12-string - they are so hard to play for any length of time.
Pretty wild, huh? - glad I didn’t oversell it. The guitar is a conversation piece and could hang in an art museum. I wonder what kind of wood the soundboard is made of - it’s unrecognizable to me… What a story it tells.
Glad you enjoyed it! I started Justin’s finger picking course (Technique: Fingerstyle | JustinGuitar.com) a few weeks ago to help round out my skills, such as they are. I like the feel of my fingers on the strings and losing myself in the ‘groove’ of a pattern. I agree that the beauty of FP can sometimes be overlooked, but there’s nothing like it, and I’ve come to appreciate it as an important creative tool.
I couldn’t agree more. For this very reason I’m focusing only on acoustic fingerpicking. It is very demanding and time consuming but I can’t help myself, the beauty of it outweighs the hardship it brings.
I agree. My mother used to say that the world is full of unrecognized or underappreciated talent. A profound example is an experiment conducted by the Washington Post showing how people perceive talent. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out : Joshua Bell and the Washington Post Subway Experiment.flv - YouTube
“Joshua Bell, one of the best concert violinist in the world played for free, for 45 minutes, on a violin worth 3.5 million dollars at a subway station. Over a thousand people passed by Bell, only seven stopped to listen him play, including a 3-year old boy and only one person recognized him.”
Yep, pretty sad…
That guy sounds pretty awesome. For female guitarists, Sophie Lloyd from the UK is the best I have seen in my life. She handles anything that rocks like a champ and plays original songs. AC DC, Van Halen, Guns & Roses, you name it.
That guy is pretty phenominal too. I would be happy if I could get my fingers moving at 20% of the speed of Sungha or Sophie in my lifetime. That is the most amazing part to watch, regardless of music style.