Adrian Legg "How To Become A More Creative Guitarist"

Adrian Legg "How To Become A More Creative Guitarist"


Adrian Legg
How To Become A More Creative Guitarist
The Story
"How To Become A More Creative Guitarist" is a terrific DVD that will give you all kinds of musical ideas and new ways to approach your guitar playing. Adrian Legg explores nine of his most popular instrumentals, teaching some of the devices that he has pioneered to achieve his thrilling sound.

His easy but inventive arrangement of Silent Night in open D tuning gets you off to an enjoyable start. Moving to open G, he introduces you to one of his trademark devices, his use of banjo tuners on the guitar (his preferred brand is the one designed and manufactured by Bill Keith). Teaching his composition Born Again Idle, he shows how he uses the tuners to generate key changes and startling melodic effects.

You'll learn how to imitate the sound of the pedal steel guitar with string bends and moving chord blocks, using these sounds on an arrangement of Auld Lang Syne. The intro to Adrian's Hymn for Jaco uses similar bends in a different tuning (CGDGBD). Double-string bends give us yet another powerful sound on the lovely Celtic-sounding Norah Handley's Waltz.

Another of Adrian Legg's tricks is the use of partial capos, which are cut down so that they only cover three or four strings, leaving the rest open. After the Gig (EGDGAD) and Pieta (EGDGBE) both use this device. Adrian then shows you his spectacular show stopper Brooklyn Blossom, played in banjo frailing style with multiple pull-offs. Finally, you'll learn Pace Doc in standard tuning, a traditional-sounding fingerpicking tune full of tricky hammers, bends and chord shapes.

Special DVD features include: Stereo, Enclosed Tab.

DVD Video, NTSC, Regions: All

Additional Facts
Since the 1990 release of his first U.S. recording "Guitars and Other Cathedrals", Adrian Legg has more than lived up to the expectations stirred by an ongoing avalanche of praise from critics, fans, top guitar mags and peers alike. Joe Satriani once said, "He's simply the best acoustic guitar player I've ever heard - he plays like he has hammers for fingers." The accolades have come nonstop since "Guitars and Other Cathedrals", the first of five releases on Relativity Records, tweaked the ears of guitar fans everywhere in 1990. 1993's "Wine, Women and Waltz" was selected by the readers of Guitar Player magazine as Best Overall Guitar Album in the 1994 Reader's Poll. He earned Best Acoustic Album in this same poll in 1992 and 1993, respectively, for "Guitar For Mortals" (1992) and "Mrs. Crowe's Blue Waltz" (1993). Readers of England's Guitarist magazine voted Legg Acoustic Guitarist of the Decade in the magazine's 10 th anniversary poll. Over the years, he's played at the Montreux Jazz Festival and toured with Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and as part of the G3 Tour featuring Satriani, Johnson and Favored Nations founder Steve Vai.


He's also shared the wealth of his talent and experience with three teaching videos ("Beyond Acoustic Guitar", "Fingerpicking & Open Tunings", "How To Cheat At Guitar") and two books - the technical "Customizing Your Electric Guitar" (Music Sales Corporation) and the musical "Pickin' and Squintin'" (Cherry Lane Music), a collection of Legg's guitar compositions in tablature and standard notation. In recent years, he has also been a commentator at large for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and more recently, regular listeners have heard his guitar versions of the show's theme music.