Hmm it´s been a while since i last did a post like this, but now is as good a time as any….
So sometime during the early 90’s, i thought it would a cool thing for me to learn the guitar. It must be one of those things during a teenage boys time when he goes “hey, if i learn the guitar, then i can form my own band and become cool, rich and famous!”. Well the mere fact that i´m writing this poxy blog post should confirm that things didn´t work out that way.
But undeterred at the time, i managed to get a second-hand guitar, amp and some basic pedals. all i needed to do was to learn the basics. My Mate Graham had a Stepdad at the time whose name was Stevie Hook. Now Stevie was a local “Joe Satriani”. He’d been playing guitar for years and had been in several bands in the local music scene, as well as having his own PA system. Whether it was pop, rock, reggae or folk, there wasn´t anything he couldn´t play.
So he gave me some lessons and a couple of books. But he also had an immense vinyl record collection. All sorts of old school rock, psychedelia, prog and funk. So he allowed me to rummage through to see
It was at this time that i first listened to Jimi Hendrix. Now although i think he is an immense guitar god, for some reason i´ve never truly liked the sound quality of his albums. But i found his live recordings totally immense. Most of them were included in a live album called the “The Jimi Hendrix concerts”, which i still have a copy of to this day. Every track is great, but it´s his lesser known tracks that really stand out, such as “I dont´live today” and “Are you Experienced?”
It was at this time that i was also introduced to Frank Zappa. In particular his guitar playing, which took on aspects of rock, fusion and jazz. And rummaging through Stevie’s collection i came across the ultimate guitar solo album. Entitled “Shut up ‘n play yer guitar”, it was a triple (yes triple!), live album that contained nothing but guitar solos from Frank Zappa’s live tours from the years 1977-80. Some of the stuff on this album managed to blow my tiny little mind. Starting off a prog rock, he melds elements of funk and jazz into the mix with some frenetic fret bending. Just listen to the solo to his track “Ship Ahoy” and be blown away…..
Eventually, my obsession for excellence meant that i got completely frustrated with not being able to play as good as Hendrix or Zappa and as the progressed, i slowly gave up playing the guitar. But i still occasionally get out my old battered acoustic piece, and i can still pick up a tune in 30 seconds flat. A pretty nifty skill actually!
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