Back in a previous life, I played the guitar. Well, I was learning to play the guitar and I have to say, I was moving right along. I was up to chords and while cords can, and were, tricky, I was doing them and learning what I needed to learn. I began my guitar lessons in May of 2012 and ended them in November of the same year. First, I hurt my finger and then I decided to relocate my guitar and all the accompanying equipment to Florida. It’s been sitting there for a while, waiting for my return. I’ll pick things up again soon, I’m sure.
When I was learning to play, I remember looking all through all sorts of Youtube videos for inspirational guitar players to keep my motivation and spirits high. After searching for a while, I stumbled across three pretty awesome guitarists. Now, when I say awesome, I mean awesome. Not Metallica, sit on your back porch and jam, awesome, but more of a technically skilled and eye popping awesome.
The three guitarists I found were:
1. Joe Bonamassa
2. Andy McKee
3. Tommy Emmanuel
I’ll post videos of each of the three below and I think you’ll be quite amazed. It’s almost sickening how good they are and it is sickening to know that I’ll never be as good at anything in my life. Even if I was handed a hobby on a silver platter and had the best teacher, I’ll never be as good. Strange how that works.
While they’re all good, I think the one I most identified with last year was Andy McKee. He has a very relaxed style that I’ve seen many people try to imitate. Not many have succeeded, but they’ve tried and done an alright job. If you decide to take a few moments to watch him in action, playing what I consider to be his absolute best song, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
I initially wanted to include Andy’s video in my last post, but decided that it would be better to make a separate post that includes other players as well. But that’s not going to stop my buying his CD, called Dreamcatcher.
Andy McKee – Common Ground without Commentary
Tommy Emmanuel – Classical Gas