Born in Scotland in 1943 Bert Jansch is a folk guitarist probably best known for his work with the group Pentangle.
His style of playing was usually fingerstyle acoustic guitar which was distinguished by his unusual chord voicings, use of extended chords, and his clever use of unusual time signatures. Jansch played a number of instruments including banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, recording, and concertina, as well as, on rare occasions, picking up the electric guitar.
He learned his trade initially in Edinburgh in the early 1960’s before moving to London where his music was heard, covered, and famously copied by some of the leading musicians and bands of the time including Donovan, and Led Zeppelin. In the late 60’s and early 70’s Jansch had a lot of success with Pentangle before the group split up in 1973, to reform again in the early 1980s.
Sadly, Jansch died in 2011, leaving behind a large body of work for his fans to enjoy. He recorded at least 25 albums and toured extensively from the 1960s to the 21st century as well as winning 2 lifetime achievement awards from the BBC, one for his solo work, and one for his work with Pentangle.
Never a truer word said. I owned one of these books in the olden days when I was a lad before the internet and all these guitar tabs and I can tell you it was exactly like this. You kids dont know how easy you have it.
This guy manages to combine the almost always disastrous guitar swing with a hit to the singers face. Perfect combo.
We have all felt like this at some time in our guitar journey but this guy really knows how to express himself.
If you are going to be all cool and headbanging please take note of where the stage ends and comedy begins.
This guy knows how to teach. A fantastic Zakk Wylde style guitar lesson coupled with some positive words to inspire other guitarists.
Soundchecking is a nightmare. This guy is in a rush to get it sorted so he can chill before the gig.