Favorite fingerpickers

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rp314
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2897 posts since 25 Mar, 2006 from The city by the bay

Post Mon May 25, 2020 1:05 pm

Folks apparently still enjoy doing it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzfq3w2v_ZI

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Mechanical skills, mental skills-you've got to have both if you want to play the instrument.
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Dirtgrain
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1151 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Mon May 25, 2020 1:33 pm

Nice.

25 or so years ago, I saw Pat Donohue at The Ark in Ann Arbor on "Take a Chance Tuesday," free admission. I was blown away. Years later, I heard him on Prairie Home Companion, where he became a regular.

One of my first guitar teachers taught me solely finger picking blues songs, some with slide, varied tunings. I was really into it for a couple of years, and it was fun.
"Have you ever noticed how anyone driving faster than you is a [jerk] and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?" - George Carlin

Bug Music
KVRist
140 posts since 7 Dec, 2004

Post Mon May 25, 2020 2:31 pm

Does it still count if you use a thumbpick ? :D

- Jay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBG3vXlvNPI

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jamcat
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319 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Mon May 25, 2020 2:48 pm

Esteban, of the fabled AmpliTube Esteban of legend that never got released.

https://youtu.be/9i1etPsPHlA

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Dirtgrain
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1151 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Mon May 25, 2020 3:38 pm

It's like finger picking meats André Rieu meets Kenny G.

Oh, ya, I dressed up as Esteban for Halloween party once.
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Jafo
KVRAF
2007 posts since 20 Dec, 2002 from The Benighted States of Trumpistan

Post Mon May 25, 2020 3:44 pm

Obligatory Jeff Beck reference.
Joy and kindness are acts of resistance -- fight the power!

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Forgotten
KVRAF
11461 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Post Mon May 25, 2020 4:17 pm

jamcat wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 2:48 pm
Esteban, of the fabled AmpliTube Esteban of legend that never got released.

https://youtu.be/9i1etPsPHlA
I like what he did with the guitar at 3:17

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jamcat
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319 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Mon May 25, 2020 8:08 pm

Forgotten wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 4:17 pm
jamcat wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 2:48 pm
Esteban, of the fabled AmpliTube Esteban of legend that never got released.

https://youtu.be/9i1etPsPHlA
I like what he did with the guitar at 3:17
Notice he didn't break his guitar over the guy's head.
Probably because you can't buy an Esteban guitar on The Home Shopping Network anymore.

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Hermetech Mastering
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1296 posts since 30 May, 2003 from Milan, Italy

Post Tue May 26, 2020 3:19 am

Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Clive Palmer, Glen Goring, John Fahey, John Martyn, Nick Drake, Paul Giovanni, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Steve Winwood, Michael Hedges, and Ben Chasny, for starters.

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Forgotten
KVRAF
11461 posts since 15 Apr, 2019 from Nowhere

Post Tue May 26, 2020 3:27 am

jamcat wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 8:08 pm
Forgotten wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 4:17 pm
jamcat wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 2:48 pm
Esteban, of the fabled AmpliTube Esteban of legend that never got released.

https://youtu.be/9i1etPsPHlA
I like what he did with the guitar at 3:17
Notice he didn't break his guitar over the guy's head.
Probably because you can't buy an Esteban guitar on The Home Shopping Network anymore.
Maybe because it’s too badly made to cause any damage?

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Dirtgrain
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1151 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Tue May 26, 2020 3:59 am

Forgotten wrote:
Tue May 26, 2020 3:27 am
Maybe because it’s too badly made to cause any damage?
Duh, they are disposable guitars. It was a concept ahead of its time, unfortunately.
"Have you ever noticed how anyone driving faster than you is a [jerk] and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?" - George Carlin

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Dirtgrain
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1151 posts since 12 Jan, 2019

Post Tue May 26, 2020 7:02 am

Just brainstorming memories of some finger pickers I saw way back when: Rory Block, Catfish Kieth, Taj Mahal, James "Sparky" Rucker, Leon Redbone. They all had skill.

Rucker really surprised me. It was a cold winter night in Ann Arbor, again at The Ark. Barely anybody showed up, maybe 20 people. I saw him and a woman arrive in a minivan. Well, they put on a hell of a show. She was so meek seeming, but she kicked in on harmonica while he played guitar and sang. I bought his album. I love the following song (not really finger picking example): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6l7Ykd2M0w
"Have you ever noticed how anyone driving faster than you is a [jerk] and anyone driving slower than you is a moron?" - George Carlin

lfm
KVRAF
5365 posts since 22 Jan, 2005 from Sweden

Post Tue May 26, 2020 7:52 am

For me it's Leo Kottke - great stuff. Mike Hedges too while at it. I have a concert dvd with Kottke they did some backstage thing with Hedges.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_5m4lomm4Y

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jamcat
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319 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Tue May 26, 2020 11:23 am

Surprised no one has said Mark Knopfler yet.

Also, John 5.

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Erisian
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1768 posts since 21 Mar, 2020

Post Tue May 26, 2020 12:50 pm

Greg Lake. He starts off with his pick but there is some amazing picking in the middle. (Both pick and fingers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AXxQGai4JU

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