Friday thread: Eleven axe treatments for the weekend

Friday. Three PM. Time for some strings and things to wind a Friday down with. The common theme here is plucked strings.

Warning: If you’re an aspiring musician, it may not be wise to to watch any of these as they set the bar a bit high. I don’t want to send you into the weekend in a slough of depression…

Firstly, here’s what to do if you’ve got a guitar but can’t get a drummer:

This is Iranian-American guitarist Maneli Jamal with a similarly percussive treatment…

… and this is Tunisian Oud-player, Anouar Brahem playing a beautiful piece that brought him to the wider attention of European audiences when he played it on Jan Garbarek’s ‘Madar‘ album:

Here’s ex-Stray Cat Brian Setzer with a tour de force / lesson / newbie-demoraliser:

Gerry O’Connor – the most imitated tenor banjo player (probably because he’s the most successful ‘teach yourself’ DVD salesman) is here with a couple of reels. The first one is The Bag of Spuds. The second is a nice standard tune – probably familiar to a lot of readers here: The Copperplate.

I saw Richard Thompson playing a solo gig earlier this year – I kept peering around the stage just to confirm that there’s not a backing band of any kind. This one’s his most-requested ‘Vincent Black Lightning‘ from Rumour & Sigh:

This is a Wes Montgomery cover of Monk’s ‘Round Midnight‘ – I’ve always thought it could have been written for a guitar (I fairly certain Monk composed on the piano), the way it steps though arpeggios at the start.

On a heavier note, here’s Norn Iron’s verygood ‘And So I Watch You From Afar‘ with ‘Set Guitars To Kill‘:

Galway’s Albert Niland with that version of Wuthering Heights:

This is my personal favourite of the lot here: a nice whimsical take on Scott Joplin’s ‘Bethena Waltz‘ (which you may have heard as the signature to the Benjamin Button film):

And lastly, Super Mario gets the two-axe treatment:

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  • 2 frys 2 teas

    and I thought i was good playing two recorders through my nose at primary school….

    last guy wins… in fact i wouldn’t be surprised if the camera panned down and he was playing super mario on a sega mega drive with his feet…

  • It’s extraordinary, isn’t it? You know how you hear about young people having massive untapped (!) potential to learn things if you can catch them at the right time in the right way – that kid seems to be a testimony to what really focussed learning can achieve – not least because of his choice of tune.

  • Paul Beattie

    Continuing on the Super Mario theme….but this time with a bass…not mentioning the fact that it has 11 strings… (I managed quite nicely with four, thank you…)

  • slappymcgroundout

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TyzAAwJnIw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54GNI2K3-ec

    In this, The Great Recession, thank Deity for the Mississippi Delta Blues.

  • slappymcgroundout
  • Paul B,
    That bass looks like it’s halfway to being a Chapman Stick – ever seen/heard one of them?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JjimMO2SdE

    SMcG,
    Mississippi Fred McDowell’s got a lot of attack to him – not heard him before. The first one you posted in particular is a fine number. Ta for that!