Originally posted by huckleberryhound
What song would you try to learn?
I've started practicing my guitar every day after not playing for years. My finger tips are slowly starting to harden up, and i've picked a couple of songs as my targets. For now they are "Street Spirit" by Radiohead, and "Zombie eaters" by Faith no more. They're not exactly intricate, but they're hard enough whi ...[text shortened]... e time being attainable.
What song would you listen to and think "I wish i could play that"?
Depends on what style you are aiming at. There is Jazz (Charlie Christian) rock (Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn,etc), flamenco (Manitas De Plata, Paco Pena) classical (Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, Sharon Ibson), folk (Doc Watson, Martin Simpson, John Fahey, Backwards sam Firk, Blind Blake), Brazilian (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Yamandu Costa) Russian (Estas Tonne, Andre Krylov) French (Pierre Bensusan). There are so darn many virtuosi in all those fields!
I think there is an explosion of virtuoso's these days.
Ry Cooder in an incredible guitarist, both rock and folk. My fav, Into the Purple Valley, Paradise and lunch, Crossroads, Paris Texas, Talking Timbuktu (with Ali Farke Toure (RIP), what a great album!
Then there is the great Madagascar guitarist D'Gary, plays like nobody else!
The Andros Island guitarist Joseph Spence was a force all his own on guitar.
Sam Ashe went down to the Bahama's (Andros Island also, where I used to work) and he came across a construction site, a house being built and he heard these guitarists.
He walks around and sees this dude taking a break from carpentry and looks and says, where's the other guy? Joseph says, It's just me....
Ry Cooder learned a lot from him after the recordings came out like "The real Bahama's"
To my chagrin, I never met either the Pindar family or Joseph, even though I worked at AUTEC only a few miles away. I had taken my 12 string Martin with but found nobody else playing guitar there. I think Joseph was already in the folk circuit when I lived there.