One of my jazz guitar teachers, Steve Herberman, pretty much worships at the alter of G.V.E. He took the time to actually go through all of Georges "Harmonic Mechanism's" books, and it shows. My favorite jazz guitarist ever, Barry Galbraith, was a big fan of the "mechanisms". No one on the planet was really like G.V.E. Who also happened to hold the Guinness book of world records record for the smallest working steam engine. He was quite a machinist, I hear. He made the ever popular string dampers so many jazzers used in the 50s.
Love this track here.
A Fairchild 660 and a Blue Stripe 1176 walk into a bar...
Post by Michael Carnes on Oct 12, 2020 5:41:38 GMT -6
It's always good to hear about new fans for George Van Eps. While your typical rockstar guitarist thrashes around like he's got a spider in his britches, George just sat there calmly and played like the master he was.
I've often thought about picking up a 7-string archtop, but then I listen to George (or Bucky Pizzarelli) and I realize that I should just try to get better with 6.