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August 20, 2009

Jeff Beck Live

Jeff Beck is one fantastic guitarist. He's got chops and feeling and is just different than anybody else.

The thing is, I personally did not discover Jeff until fairly recently, can you believe it?! Well, I had heard him and knew some of his famous tunes, but I hadn't really listened, if you know what I mean? I have some of his studio albums, and they all feature some really cool guitar playing, although I may not dig all the tunes themselves, but Jeff's playing make it all worthwhile listening to anyway.

Jeff's technique is very interesting. He constantly uses his whammy bar in very creative ways. Playing like that is hard; it's easy to mess up notes, but Jeff is in complete control. In addition, he is constantly adjusting his tone by adjusting his volume knob. This style of playing is extremely difficult to master.

He also doesn't use a pick - just his right hand fingers. I really like his tone. You always get a much better tone by using your picking hand's fingers instead of a pick. Jeff uses 50 watt Marshall amps too, from what I have read.

I have friends who have seen Jeff Beck live, and they all say the same thing - wicked and brilliant. I sure hope he comes this way sometime, because I do think, as a guitar player, experiencing Jeff Beck live would be one fantastic event. I've looked on youtube a bit, and there is some great Jeff Beck stuff available. If you haven't heard any of his live playing, check out these videos below. Quite the guy, isn't he?! He seems to completely excel at live playing - just like a great player should. The live performance of Jeff Beck Live at Ronnie Scott's is another must-have. Both CD or DVD can be purchased. Here is a review.

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Brush With the Blues

Cause We Ended As Lovers

A Day In The Life

From Crossrads 2007

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com


Posted by Robert Renman on August 20, 2009

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