Tuesday, February 17, 2009

but boy could he play guitar

I've been doing some work lately for a really state-of-the-art modern rock guitarist, truly nice fellow with Mad Skillz™. But sometimes we need a grounding in history. So all you shredders out there, go away and don't come back until you can play this:

Yeah, I thought so.

Here's some more about the old dude with fat fingers:
The status of the classical guitar at the beginning of the twentieth century had declined, and only in Barcelona and in the Rio de la Plata region of South America could it have been said to be of any significance. When Segovia arrived on the scene, this situation was just beginning to change, largely through the efforts of Llobet. It was in this changing milieu that Segovia, whose strength of personality and artistry coupled with new technological advances such as recording, radio, and air travel, succeeded in moving the guitar forward to become more popular again.


And here he is, a little younger, playing some serious rock'n'roll:

Rock on.