Paco de Lucia: Soleares

This is probably my favorite video of Paco de Lucia. I think it is from a time just before he played with Al Di Meola on the Elegant Gypsy album. This clip shows his utter command of traditional, straight-ahead flamenco, versus the jazzy explorations for which he later became well-known.

Fretkillr, The All-American YouTube Guitar Player

I don’t know who this guy is. He never shows his face. He plays steel-string, 12-string, country, blues, oldies, Broadway, flat-picking, finger-picking, Scottish fiddle tunes and I don’t know what else. He’s got over a hundred videos up on YouTube and many of them are gems. I think he must be some kind of ringer, an old pro who’s played with everyone, but there’s no way to tell for sure. Maybe he’s sitting in San Quentin waiting for a train. But he’s someone most Americans would recognize immediately as “a real guitar player.” I think he’s great.

Kevin Gallagher – Classical Guitarist

Here’s Kevin playing John Dowland’s Mistress (or Mrs.) Winter’s Jump:

I’ve been a Kevin Gallagher fan since meeting him on his GFA tour back in ’94. (My god, has it really been 14 years?!) I was bopping around YouTube this morning and noticed that Kevin’s been developing an online presence — YouTube, Myspace, and his own website, He’s a thoughtful, creative guitarist — well worth a visit!

Look, Ma — No Pick!

I guess I was 15 years old when I heard Jose Feliciano play Malaguena in concert. I hoped that I could learn to play it, so I bought his majestic Alive Alive-O!double-album and began to analyze what I heard. After a week or so knocking myself out, I began to wonder if he was using a pick on the pyrotechnic scale passages. Did he have it palmed? Did he have a pick-holder attached to the face of the guitar? With velcro? I was ready to believe anything.

But now, 40 years later, I see:

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