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Erik Mongrain – Master of Air Tap – Fascinating…

Erik Mongrain has developed a technique to perfection which is known as Air Tap. For playing this Air Tap technique the guitar is not played in the normal position but is laid flat in front of the the player and is played simultaneously by both hands.

The left hand produces the tones by hammering down the fingers onto the fretboard and the strings – a technique that has been known for a long tine,  but which has mainly been used for playing small ornaments. The possibility of amplification now makes it possible that this technique can be used for playing not just ornaments but complete melodies or even chords just with the left hand alone.

The right hand is used to pick the strings with the traditional fingerpicking patterns, but also to produce a number of percussion effects and harmony tones. By this two-hand technique a full and complex sound is produced which does not sound like a single guitar but almost like a complete guitar ensemble.

In 2004 Erik Mongrain has played the following piece in a Canadian talent show:

Erik Mongrain – Airtap 2004 – Party de Noël

Prestation d’Érik Mongrain au Party de Noël des Pourris de Talent.Décembre 2004

In 2012 he has played “Rewind” from his album “Forward” at the Canadian Guitar Festival:

CGF 2012: Erik Mongrain – “Rewind”

Erik Mongrain – “Rewind” (original).
Live, at the Canadian Guitar Festival 2012
August 4, 2012, Loughborough Lake, Kingston, Ontario

Erik performs an original tune from his 2012 album “Forward”.

Erik Mongrain has first used this technique when busking because it attacted a lot of people. Now he uses this often at the beginning of concerts to get rid of his stage-fright. He is currently working on new compositions for a new album supported by a campaign with indiegogo.

Playlist Erik Mongrain

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Amazon Partnerlinks for the CDs Fates (2007) and Equlibrium (2008) by Erik Mongrain:

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Maxim Cormier – A Young Guitar Player from Cape…

I have found Maxim Cormier on twitter when he posted about his new recording project. He has started a campaign with indiegogo to raise the money for his next CD. He plans to record the new CD together with his father Gervais Cormier:

Hi, My name is Maxim Cormier. In the links below, you’ll find some more information on me. I have extremely lucky to receive the “Big Sampie Award” given by the Celtic Colours’ Drive’ers’ Association and Lakewind Sound. This award allowed me to record my debut album.

A big part of my live performances are done with my father and best friend, Gervais Cormier. As much as I love my debut album, it only represents half of our live performance. With your help, we’re looking to put together an album that will represent the other half of our performances. This includes classical guitar repertoire played with a flatpick, some jazz, celtic medleys not featured on my first album, new fingerstyle compositions of mine, django reinhardt, my dad’s own compositions, etc.

Playlist Maxim Cormier – Guitar

The Cape Breton Post has recently written an article about Maxim Cormier:

indiegogo Project

You can find details about how you can support Maxim Cormier at indiegogo:

youtube Channel:

Maxim at twitter:

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Calum Graham – He can play the guitar like…

Calum Graham is a young guitarist from Canada who is already a master of his instrument. Three years ago he won the first price at the Canadian Guitar Festival with this fantastic and incredible performance.

Canadian Guitar Festival 2010: Finalist 1, Song 2 – 1st Place (Calum Graham – “The Channel”)

Calum has just released his third album 12:34 in which he worked together with Don Ross. You can watch Calum with Don Ross in this video:

Calum Graham & Don Ross – It Is What It Is (2013) (fixed audio*)

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Mickey Baker, Guitarist, Is Dead at 87 – Complete…

Mickey Baker, who was an influential guitarist, has died at the age of 87 in France.

He has played in many recordings and influenced many younger guitarists.

He has also published some widely used instruction books for jazz guitar:

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 1 (Ashley Publications)

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 2 (Ashley Publications)

Jazz Guitar Micky Baker (Guitar Books)

There are many youtube videos available with the pieces and exercises from the jazz guitar books, and there is also an online course based on vol. 1 of this jazz guitar mehtod (see below).

McHouston (Mickey) Baker with Coleman Hawkins Quintet South Of France Blues.mp4

My Mickey Baker Playlist

I have listened to many videos with Mickey Baker and Mickey and Sylvia and compiled the following playlist with the best videos:

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New York Times: Mickey Baker, Guitarist, Is Dead at 87

Mickey Baker, whose prickly, piercing guitar riffs were featured on dozens if not hundreds of recordings and helped propel the evolution of rhythm and blues into rock ’n’ roll, died on Tuesday at his home in Montastruc-la-Conseillère, near Toulouse in southwestern France. He was 87.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/30/arts/music/mickey-baker-guitarist-whose-riffs-echo-today-dies-at-87.html?smid=pl-share

Jim Herrington tumblr

Originally written for Fretboard Journal Magazine

http://jimherrington.tumblr.com/post/36683556546/q

Wikipedia about Mickey Baker: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Baker

Great playlist with  recordings of the examples from the Mickey Baker jazz method by Rob MacKillop:

Mickey Baker Lesson 2 – Rob MacKillop

Online Lessons using Mickey Baker’s method:

http://www.thumbpicker.com/mickeybaker/index.htm

Advanced Guitar Study Group

Using The Classic

“Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar – Book 1”

Presented by

Michael Joyce and the Texas Fingerstyle Guitar Association


Mickey Baker books at amazon (partnerlink)

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 1 (Ashley Publications)

Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar: Book 2 (Ashley Publications)

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