18 August 2008

I Believe Guitar by Joe Satriani

Ever since Tony Hogan at Acoustic Guitar Player highlighted this great Joe Satriani video almost two months ago I've been haunted by the beautiful performance. It's a great example of a superb musician performing a song on acoustic guitar.

I'm not into high-velocity virtuoso guitarists, and Joe Satriani and his stable of high-speed guitar students (Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett) has never been my cup of tea. Still, I'm always game for a nice piece of acoustic guitar, so I took a look at the video.

And boy, am I glad that I did. Despite the somewhat dated leather and long hair look this video captures a really magical moment of live guitar. I was captivated by the simple beauty of the song right from the first notes. The miked up Gibson acoustic guitar sounds really wonderful.

Joe Satriani makes the whole thing look incredibly easy, like he was just walking his dog in the park or something similarly simple and relaxing. To make things even more sickening, he sings the song with a great natural voice, too.

I was intrigued by the little fills and variations played on what is basically little more than a three chord song. Happily, I found some Power Tab available for this performance. I'm sure I can't play the whole thing anywhere near Joe's performance, but I'm going to give it a try to see what I can pick up from it to add to my accompaniment playing.

If it's not too horrible I might make an update on my progress later...

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