In the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to share with you three guitarists who are so good at guitar, it is downright scary. They make me want to put down my guitar and cower in the corner.
With his stylish attire and distinctive hair style, Tosin Abasi often looks like he belongs on the cover of a fashion magazine rather than a guitar magazine. But don’t let looks fool you. He is a world-class guitar player. Tosin does things on his 8 string guitar that are, simply put, freakishly hard. He invents new techniques to use the massive range of his instrument and continually surprises me with his amazing creativity.
Like Tosin, Charlie Hunter needs more than six strings to make his particular style of music: fusion. Charlie plays a 7 string, fanned fret guitar in a two piece jazz-fusion band where he simultaneously plays a bass line, a harmony part and a melody line. You just have to see it to believe it. Otherworldly.
Legend has it that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil, and in return the devil gave him the skills to play and sing the blues like no other. I think Guthrie Govan made a similar deal, but this time he asked for complete guitar mastery. Guthrie has the most comprehensive guitar skill set ever to be found in one human being. There is almost nothing that he can’t play.
For more information about me and the guitar lessons that I give in and around Baltimore, visit www.ewguitar.com.