Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jimmy Page - 1957

Here is a treat. A video of Jimmy Page done in 1957, when he was in a skiffle band. During the interview at 2:40, he says he wants to work in biological research. This is an amazing video when you realize that 10 years later he was in the Yardbirds, and laying the groudword for Led Zepplin.

Jimmy Page was a huge influence on my early guitar playing days. I hate it when he gets ripped on in the guitar forums I frequent for being a sloppy guitarist. Who cares?! This is rock and roll, it is not meant to be perfect all the time. I love his guitar playing and still listen to Led Zepplin frequently.

I sold my Les Paul Standard years ago, but whenever I listen to Jimmy, I want one again! I was foolish to sell it, although I got a great Stratocaster out of it, plus the Les Paul had extensive modifications that sort of ruined its Les Paul tone. Still...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Allman Brothers Band "Statesboro Blues" through the years

Here is a great Flash animation by Brett Underhill that takes you through all the different lineups of the Allman Brothers Band. This is genius and a fantastic tribute. Enjoy.

Ok, the Allman Brothers Band.... from Brett Underhill on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tosin Abasi and the 8 string guitar

I just found this in Thegearpage.net. - Tobin Abasi playing an 8-string guitar. This is all new to me, and I am glad I found it. Tobin plays in a band called "Animals As Leaders" , based in Washington, D.C. It appears the band is basically Tobin, who plays bass, guitar and vocals, with drums programmed by Misha Mansoor.  I love finding out about musicians like Tobin. This is really great music - different and exciting to watch someone at this level.

I would love to play a guitar like this. Rondo Music has quite a few 8 string guitars for sale. This style of guitar playing must be getting popular. I can barely handle 6 strings on a guitar. I can't imagine having 7 or 8!  There are very few to try in the local stores.

Tobin plays Ibanez guitars. Here is an interview with him from 2007.

Great music here. Check his work out.