Saturday, October 3, 2009

Reason to learn the guitar No. 3

This is Jerry Reed(you may know him from "The Waterboy") and Chet Akins, Certified Guitar Players, in 1975. And Yes, that is Chet sweep-picking 4 years before it was supposedly invented.

Jerry's Music on Amazon

Chet's Music on Amazon

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Reason to Learn the Guitar No.2

Jason Becker's story is simultaneously horrifying and inspiring. He was a prodigiously talented guitarist and in his late teens joined up with his friend Marty Friedman, creating the excellent speed metal band Cacophony. With one excellent(Speed Metal Symphony) and one okay(Go Off!) album release, Jason then released an excellent solo album(Perpetual Burn). After a short stint with David Lee Roth, Jason was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gherig's disease. This means that Jason is now a quadraplegic, but in spite of that, he has still managed to compose two albums of new material, full of exquisite compositions, like the one above.

Jason's Myspace

Jason's Homepage

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Reason to Learn the Guitar No. 1

I had the privilege to see this man live once, he was opening for Eric Johnson. That may have been a mistake.

Peppino's Homepage

Peppino's Myspace