FINGERSTYLE GUITAR: NEW
DIMENSIONS AND EXPLORATIONS ***1/2
(1994) 3 videocassettes, 60 min. each. $24.99 each.
Vestapol Video (dist. by Rounder Records). PPR.
You'd figure a song called "Slap
Funk" would be a little different, and it is:
guitarist Preston Reed treats his guitar like a
stressed- out mom would a sassy kid in the grocery
checkout line: a couple yanks, a few slaps. The
weird thing is that he produces beautiful music out
of what should legally be called guitar abuse.
Ditto for Adrian Legg, who tunes his guitar while
he plays (sort of like a human capo), manually
moving between keys. And Pepper D'Agostino doesn't
even bother with plucking, he just uses about a
zillion "hammer-on" moves in a row to play a whole
Of course, you don't have
to know diddly about fingerstyle guitar to enjoy
the over two dozen songs on each volume in this
major ear candy series. All you have to do is
appreciate virtuoso guitar music. The list of
players reads like an axman's hall of fame: Leo
Kottke, Bert Jansch, John Fahey, Will Ackerman
(all on vol. 1); John Renbourn, Stefan Grossman,
Duck Baker, El McMeen (on vol. 2), and Steve Howe,
Larry Coryell, and Bob Brozman (on vol. 3), among
many others. We highly recommend the whole series,
although if you're strapped for bucks or want to
sample the wares first, go for the first volume.
Copyright © 1995 Randy
R. Pitman, FINGERSTYLE GUITAR: NEW DIMENSIONS AND