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.
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.
Guitarist having a bad day at the office. Thankfully his band mates are there to offer support in his hour of need
Vinne Moore was discovered by Mike Varney after playing professional gigs since the age of 12. His connection with Varney led to him featuring in a Pepsi advert and then releasing the albums Minds Eye and Time Odyssey on Shrapnel Records. He has since appeared on albums by Alice Copper, Vicious Rumours, and, UFO. He is currently playing for UFO who released their latest album in 2012.
Moore is known as one of the earliest “Shred” guitar players and his early albums feature a neo classical style utilising fast picking, sweeping, and, some pretty cool acoustic playing. Check out the track above for a wide selection of Moore’s techniques and also his compositional skills.
Mark Knopfler was the guitar player and singer in Dire Straits from their beginnings in 1977 to their break up in 1995, selling over 120 million albums worldwide they are one of the worlds most popular recording artists. Since 1995 Knopfler has had a successful solo career covering a diverse range of musical styles.
Mark Knopfler is left-handed, but plays right-handed, and fingerpicks instead of using a plectrum. Fingerpicking is usually associated with the acoustic guitar, but Knopfler usually (though not always) plays an electric guitar. He revealed during a French interview that he uses a pick for his rhythm work during recording sessions. He surprised the interviewer by pulling a pick out of his pocket and saying that he usually carries one. He has long favoured Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster style guitars. Fender carries a Mark Knopfler Artist Series Stratocaster. During the 1980s he came to appreciate the tone of the Gibson Les Paul and his original 1958 has been used regularly in the studio and on stage.