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I'm so glad someone mentioned Jose Gonzales' Veneer CD.
I'm so in love with this record; have been playing it over and over this
week and I too, was curious
how he was accomplishing some of his stuff.
My wife has a few years training in classical guitar and tells me that
everything he is doing is doable in real time
with classical techniques but I suspected that he might be looping. There
is one tune where he has a bass run
on one string against chords and he either looped it or accopmlished it
himself with Buckethead sized hands
(saw him last night........................what freakishly long hands that
monstrous guitarist has).
I got curious and picked up a beater classical guitar that we have and
figuring out one of his tunes
and actually made some progress (and I'm a terrible guitar player,
I know that the percussion that he plays is doable in one of the later
because that is a technique I've
stumbled on as a percussionist which is either putting the guitar into an
open tuning or fretting a chord appropriately
and the banging your fist on near the sound hole to get a bass drum sound
while the guitar chord plays very quietly
as a sympathetic vibtration.
Still, he might be looping. I hope so only because this is the best
acoustic singersongwriter record I've heard since
dear Eliott Smith passed away. It's so zen simple and he has the most
beautiful, clear and untheatrical voice.