Great Guitarists #10: Mary Osborne

In this, the tenth installment of my Great Guitarists series, I’m a little ashamed to say we have only looked at male guitar players so far. So, to round off my first ‘dectet’ of influential guitar players (and keeping in a jazz theme, like the previous installments), let me introduce to you Mary Osborne… OsborneContinue reading “Great Guitarists #10: Mary Osborne”

Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 2: fourths and fifths

Welcome back to this overview of intervals in guitar playing! In part one, we looked at thirds, sixths and tenths. In this follow up article, we will be taking a brief look at fourths and fifths. Both of these intervals can be used more ambiguously, as they remain the same in the context of aContinue reading “Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 2: fourths and fifths”

Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 1: thirds, sixths and tenths

Single line lead guitar playing is great. But when you have six strings and four fingers to hold them down, why limit your playing to one note at a time? Throughout the history of guitar, players have used two notes (or more) at once, resulting in something halfway between a single note line and aContinue reading “Examples of using intervals in guitar playing, part 1: thirds, sixths and tenths”

Great Guitarists #9: Grant Green

Welcome back to the Great Guitarists series. We’re continuing along a jazz theme for now, with a sometimes underrated master of understated single line guitar soloing… Grant Green Green was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1935, and died in 1979, aged just 43. In his all-too-short career, he played on hundreds of records, includingContinue reading “Great Guitarists #9: Grant Green”

Ten albums which helped shape me as a guitarist

I was recently tagged in a Facebook challenge by my friend David, in which you post 10 albums which have informed your early musical tastes. I find things like this almost impossible. It’s so personal, but based on hundreds of musical memories. How do you select just ten LPs from years of discovering & listeningContinue reading “Ten albums which helped shape me as a guitarist”

Great Guitarists #8: Freddie Green

Unlike most of the guitar players I have profiled previously in this series, the jazz man featured in this installment was not a soloist, or a innovator in the genre, or his instrument. But what he did do, he did brilliantly. So brilliantly, he kept the same gig for well over four decades… Freddie Green FreddieContinue reading “Great Guitarists #8: Freddie Green”