Posts Tagged ‘Leo Kottke’

Video of the Month: Michael Graefe

Posted by Brian on 1st April 2012 in Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists, Video of the Month

Video-of-the-MonthI recently got an e-mail from German guitarist Michael Graefe suggesting that I use his tune “Cliffs of Moher” as a Video-of-the-Month. So here it is…

Michael is a self taught guitarist who bought his first guitar as a teenager after hearing a recording of Leo Kottke. He has released four independently produced CDs which are available on iTunes and CDBaby. In addition to being self-taught and producing his own CDs, he also builds his own guitars.

“Cliffs of Moher” will be available on Michael’s next CD.

Michael Graefe’s website (English version): http://www.relaxrecords.de/english/indexgb.htm

Michael Graefe’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/relaxrecords

Video of the Month: Richard Gilewitz

Posted by Brian on 15th August 2011 in Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists, Songs You Should Know, Video of the Month

The second video of the month for August is a tune that’s fun to play and very accessible to fingerstyle players of moderate ability.

Years ago, Richard Gilewitz recorded a tune called “Echoing Wilderness”. I’ve never heard the original, but I’m told that it was eight minutes long. In 1986, Leo Kottke covered the last section of the tune and titled it “Echoing Gilewitz”. In this video, Richard Gilewitz plays Leo Kottke’s version of his own tune.

The tune is in Open D (DADF#AD) and is fairly straightforward. The right hand plays a steady thumb-index-middle-thumb-middle-index pattern, with the thumb playing melody, primarily on the third and fourth strings, and the fingers droning the open first and second strings.  Make sure you let all the notes ring for as long as possible and if you’re playing through an amp, crank up the reverb. Have fun!

Richard Gilewitz’s website: www.RichardGilewitz.com

Richard Gilewitz’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/gillazillamusic