June 27, 2007

Incredible Solo Jazz Guitarist [Video]

This guy is incredible! John Phil Wayne is a guitarist from London, England who has been pursuing a career as a solo jazz guitarist since 1961. He plays walking bass, chords and solo improvisation at once in a way and with a speed I have never seen before. He has a very strange, but very effective right hand technique. He really deserves his nickname: Thousand Hands.

Check out this clip of John Phil Wayne playing a fast blues:

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

He's playing a very fast fingerstyle, using his fret-hand thumb for bass notes if necessary. The way he plays melody and chords at the same time is pretty clever: he used the fact that the brain remembers notes and chords for a short time to set up chords to play melodies over. The chords may or may not be still sounding in part or completely, but you still hear them while the (brief) melody is played. Alex DeGrassi does something similar. Well done.