Archive for the ‘Canadian Guitarists’ Category

Video-of-the-Month: Dylan Ryche

Posted by Brian on 2nd September 2012 in Canadian Guitarists, Fingerstyle Guitar, Video of the Month

Video-of-the-MonthOkay, so the extra-videos-of -the-month-during-the-summer thing didn’t work out quite like I’d planned. I was away all of July and August on an extended family road trip and I really thought that I would have more access to the internet than I did.

Anyways, here is September’s video-of-the-month, featuring Dylan Ryche playing “Toronto Sky” from his CD “Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar”.

Dylan is an import to Canada from Melbourne, Australia – currently living in Toronto. One of the benefits of being a bit slow with this particular video-of-the-month is that I can now tell you that Dylan won the 2012 Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition last month! Congratulations, Dylan!

Dylan’s Website: www.DylanRyche.com

Dylan’s YouTube Channel: www.YouTube.com/user/dylanryche

Video of the Month: Maneli Jamal

Posted by Brian on 1st November 2011 in Canadian Guitarists, Fingerstyle Guitar, Uncategorized, Video of the Month

Maneli Jamal is a young fingerstyle virtuoso, who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He recently played a concert at the Foster Memorial here in Uxbridge, and although I missed the concert, I certainly heard the reviews. Everyone I talked to was buzzing about this great young guitarist. So I looked him up, and this is what I found:

From his website:

Born in Iran and raised in Germany, Jamal moved to the States in his adolescence, immigrating to Minnesota before relocating to Austin, Texas until his late teens. At this time, his family was issued a deportation letter by the immigration office, and they were forced to claim refuge in Canada within thirty days of receiving the notice.

Taking literally only what they could fit in their hands, Jamal and his family arrived in Toronto after establishing their lives in Austin. It was at this time that Maneli got an acoustic guitar from his father, which has scarcely left his hands since.

“I carried it on the plane, and everywhere I went, I had it”, Jamal recalls. “For half a year, we only had what we had in our hands, and I had that cheap acoustic guitar in my hands with no case. Going through something like that, as a teenager especially, you need an outlet that can take you away from life and zone you out. That’s what the acoustic guitar did for me.”

Maneli Jamal’s website: www.ManeliJamal.com

Maneli Jamal’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/user/maneli

Dune

Back in March, I posted a feature on Bob Evans and I mentioned that I would be seeing him play live on May 1st. I did, indeed, see him play, and it was a great show. One of the tunes that he played was “Dune”, probably his most famous tune (if a fingerstyle guitarist can have a “famous” tune – maybe “famous-among-guitar-geeks” would be more accurate). He also mentioned that a free transcription was available on his website… So, on May 2nd, I started working on the tune. Now, here it is in late July and I almost have the tune down, except for one bar at the top of page 5, and I’m pretty sure that a few more hours spent with my trusty metronome will have it beaten into submission.

Here is Bob Evans playing “Dune”

Bob Evans – “Dune”

(If the link doesn’t work, you can listen to it here.)

 

Bob Evans’ Website

Bob Evans’ YouTube Channel

Canadian Guitarists You Should Know About: Bob Evans

Posted by Brian on 10th March 2011 in Canadian Guitarists, Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists

“Bob Evans is not a well known restaurant chain. Well, ok, technically it is. But THIS Bob Evans is the award winning, Canadian finger-style guitarist.”

intro on Bob Evans’ website

In fact, this Bob Evans has a whole page on his website dedicated to over forty of the Bob Evanses that he is not. This Bob Evans is the only Canadian Guitarist not named Don Ross to ever win the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship (2003) and two of his albums have won “Outstanding Instrumental Album” at the Western Canadian Music Awards and a third was nominated. And despite his instrumental prowess, this Bob Evans is not afraid to open his mouth and sing.

This Bob Evans – and this is one of the things I like most – provides free transcriptions to a number of his tunes and arrangements on his website. And, I’ve got tickets to see this Bob Evans when he plays at the Earl of Whitchurch Pub in Stouffville on May 1. (You can get your tickets through FingerstyleGuitar.ca – Note: I have no commercial interest in this, or any other, Bob Evans.)

Deep River Blues (Delmore Brothers):

The Things We Said Today (Lennon/McCartney):

On the Tip of the Tongue:

Bob Evans’ website: http://www.bobevansguitar.com/

Bob Evans’ YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AcousticTonic

Video of the Month: Berkley Springs

Posted by Brian on 5th February 2011 in Canadian Guitarists, Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists, Video of the Month

Berkley Springs is a beautiful guitar tune written by Canadian singer/songwriter David Essig. Written in memory of his mother and named after her hometown, it was originally written in DADGAD tuning. Don Ross wrote his own arrangement of the tune in FACFCF tuning to allow for some different chord inversions. This duet arrangement featuring Don Ross and Peter Kroll-Ploeger is one of the nicest versions I’ve heard. I also love the fact that they really seem to be enjoying themselves while playing it.

David Essig: www.davidessig.com

Don Ross: www.gobyfish.com

Peter Kroll-Ploeger: www.kroll-ploeger.com

Why Does Every Christmas Song Have So Many Chords?

Posted by Brian on 9th December 2010 in Canadian Guitarists, General Music, Performing

Today, I played a gig at a Christmas party for Windreach Farm which is a farm that “… strives to enrich the lives of persons of all ages with disabilities and/or special needs by providing opportunities to enjoy experiences in farming, nature, outdoor recreation & other activities and to share those experiences with family and friends.” In short, it is a great organization. And their Christmas party was a ton of fun.

But throughout our rehearsals and the event this thought kept recurring…

Canadian Guitarists You Should Know About: Antoine DuFour

Posted by Brian on 30th October 2010 in Canadian Guitarists, Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists

Antoine Dufour is a Canadian guitarist from Quebec who didn’t start playing guitar until he was 15. He continued to study guitar at CEGEP in Joliette, PQ. and  has won the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and placed third at the International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. Since 2003 he has released 5 CDs of mostly solo acoustic guitar music and has become something of a YouTube sensation along with the likes of Andy McKee and fellow Canadian Don Ross.

In this video of “To Run in a Dream” you can see that he plays his guitar on a stand and he ties a bandana under the strings on the headstock to eliminate resonances on his very responsive guitar:

And watch what he does with a simple Em chord in this instructional video:

Antoine Dufour’s website

Antoine Dufour’s YouTube channel

Antoine Dufour on MySpace

You can also watch videos of Antoine on CandyRat Records’ YouTube channel

And you can purchase recordings and sheet music from Antoine Dufour on CandyRat Records.