This is just plain fantastic — behold:
Les Paul, whose pioneering electric guitars were used by a legion of rock stars, has died at the age of 94.
Say hi to Frank for us, Les.
For those who missed the posting of this documentary the first time around, here’s it is again (in all it’s glory). Documentary by Roelof Kiers. Zappa talks about his youth, his interest in explosives, blues, guitars, non-Western music and the establishment of The Mothers of Invention. Also, about the unknown possibilities of the vacuum cleaner in family Zappa.
When Tallan “T-Man” Latz was 5, he saw Joe Satriani playing guitar on TV. “I turned around to my dad and said, ‘That’s exactly what I want to do.'” Three years and countless hours of practicing later, 8-year-old Tallan is a blues guitar prodigy. He’s played in bars and clubs, including the House of Blues in Chicago, and even jammed with Les Paul and Jackson Browne. He has a summer of festivals scheduled and has drawn interest from venues worldwide.
The kid’s a genius. Awesome.
(Hat tip: SOFA!)
So these days I mostly play the acoustic guitar, and hardly ever use a plectrum at that. Plectrums are for pussies! Fingerpickin’s where it’s at. This is where rudimentary manicure comes into play. As a right-handed player, you’ll want your left hand fingernails to be neatly cut, while your right hand nail-counterparts will need to outgrow their respective finger tops by at least a couple of millimeters. Bit of a chore that. Amazing Nails 4 Guitarists to the rescue! More guitarist fingernails tips available at Music Thing.