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It's a poor recording, but man, can the guy play. I think he's as good a guitarist as I've ever seen.

 

A little Saturday night low down for ya!

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgcXRYrt7KM

 

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

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Cool dude, I am a big Kottke fan. I remember I saw him live when I was 23 or something. After I saw him, my direction on guitar changed bigtime. I haven't learned any of his stuff, but I have been influenced by him in his percussive right hand. My other guitarist ran into him once and he was playing at a Border's. He was all grouchy. He was like, "dude, my other guitarist worships you. He was like, "grumble"

 

I thought that was funny. I still love him.

 

Though I like his early material, I think his technique and musical sense developed more over time. Essential Leo Kottke is a great compilation CD. I usually don't care for his songs where he sings with a few exceptions.

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Gift....thanks for the cool story. Leo is certainly eccentric!! His off the wall stories, usually told between songs, while he tunes up, are occasionally hilarious, but often a bit strange also! And I do agree that Leo rarely does anyone any favors when he sings.....

 

His playing is just incredible. I'd go to see him anytime, anywhere. I can't play any of his tunes, but he has most definately influenced my playing. I can remember the first time I saw him. I'd been out drinking a few beers with some buddies, and got home and flipped on the T.V.. Don Kirshner's Rock Concert was on (remember that show??). I had closed my eyes...and suddenly heard what sounded like three guys playing acoustic guitar and bass. I opened my eyes to see Leo all by himself, sitting on a stool, playing his butt off, with that goofy grin on his face!! I've picked up several fingerstyle techniques over the years, thanks to Kottke opening my eyes to that genre.

 

I really like Chris Smither, who is a great fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter, but couldn't find any video of him. Here's a link to my fav album of his;

 

http://www.amazon.com/Live-As-Ill-Ever-Be/dp/B00004U02M/sr=1-11/qid=1160309594/ref=sr_1_11/002-2194121-4825613?ie=UTF8&s=music

 

I also try to see Jorma Kaukonen when ever he swings thru.

 

And, believe it or not, I've learned some fingerstyle from Pete Townshend!!! Sheridan Gibson, from his first solo album (which is a FANTASTIC ALBUM, I highly recommend you check out

 

http://www.amazon.com/Who-Came-First-Pete-Townshend/dp/B000GFRJ8U/sr=1-10/qid=1160309475/ref=sr_1_10/002-2194121-4825613?ie=UTF8&s=music

 

Hey Ramp....thanks for throwing us a bone....cool pickers!!

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=574296

 

http://www.myspace.com/imdrs

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I think the craziest piece I have heard him play was 'Oddball' live.

 

That song is going in like 3 directions at once!! I am sure it sounds alot harder than it is. Not that isn't tough to play, but using different tunings can make you sound like you are doing tons more than you actually are.

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Yea, Gift....I have never gotten into different tunings much....obviously my bad!!

 

Gruupi...my pleasure!

 

Check out "I'm One", from Quadrophenia, by The Who for another really cool example of Townshend using a little fingerstyle.

Don

 

"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."

 

 

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=574296

 

http://www.myspace.com/imdrs

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Different tunings are cool as hell. I love them, but it takes a certain discipline. You have to keep it in a tuning and let it sink in for a bit before you can start using it.

 

Keep in mind that patterns that you already know may translate in a cool way to another tuning. You might find yourself enthralled by the newness of your playing if you give it a chance.

 

I haven't dicked with it too much, only in dminor and with my 2 e strings tuned to d.

 

I will..

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I love Leo Kottke too. The first time I heard the armadillo record (6 & 12 String Guitar) as a teenager I just knew he would always be one of my favourite guitarists.

 

What I love about him is that no matter what he's playing, it's fun to listen to him do it. His playing just picks you up along with him, it never feels like he's showing off or anything of the sort.

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