Pat Metheny Trio Performing Lonely Woman by Horace Silver

This video shows the Pat Metheny Trio performing the Horace Silver tune Lonely Woman in a concert from 1999.

Blues Legend Big Bill Broonzy Performing Hey Hey

This video features the great blues guitar legend Big Bill Broonzy (born as William Lee Conley Broonzy) performing the tune Hey Hey. Even though Big Bill Broonzy is not very well known, he has recorded about 350 songs! The guitar player and singer gained a certain popularity with his small band as one of the first blues singers who included a bass and drums in his performances. The band was called Big Bill and his Chicago Five.
Big Bill Broonzy was born in the state of Missisipi in 1893 or 95 and lived until 1958. When he moved to Chicago, he began to play the guitar and soon began playing clubs and participating in recording sessions. His playing is in the folk blues tradition and despite the fact that in the 40s he had begun to experiment with the electric guitar, he returned to his classical picking style and singing, mostly because his audience wanted so because it seemed more authentic to them.
Big Bill Broonzy has recorded with musicians like Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Brownie Mcghee and Sonny Terry, among others. He has been a source of inspiration to other blues giants as Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim.
In this video Big Bil Broonzy shows his personal picking style that the mostly white audiences wanted him to play.

Pink Floyd’s Song Wish You Were Here Guitar Lesson

Watch this video clip featuring the first part of four that help guitar players to learn this song on the guitar. The lesson will show you how to play everything, solo guitar and chords. The teacher is very pacient with his students and explains all details.
He shows us how to move the fingers of the left hand over the frets of the neck. It is of great help because it also shows the right strokes for the right hand. Of course, right hand and left hand roles depend on the individual player, most of the people play this way, but it might be the other way around.
Pink Floyd released this song on their album with the same title. This album became very popular and the song is one of the best known Pink Floyd songs among the younger people.
You will find the other three parts of the song on youtube.

John McLaughlin Performing with Indian Group Shakti

Watch this video with the great guitar player John McLaughlin performing live on stage with Shakti, a group of indian musicians. This music belongs to the fusion genre and is a wonderfull combination of western and eastern music.
As many musicians from the western world, John McLaughlin has been interested in eastern culture for some time and has released several albums that clearly show the influence of indian music in his playing. One of the most remarkable albums in this sense is the LP with Carlos Santana and Michael Walden.
Notice that the two female music instrument players are sitting in the background which has mostly to do with the indian way of thinking and living.

Vals Venezolano No. 2 by Antonio Lauro Performed on Accoustic Guitar

This video clip shows the classical guitar piece Vals Venezolano No. 2 composed by Antonio Lauro and performed by Manuel van de Mosselaar, a german musician and music teacher. Antonio Lauro lived from 1917 until 1986 and is considered as one of the most important classical guitar composers from South America. He also worked with several choirs in his country and later became the direcor of the Venezuela symphony Orchestra.
The piece of the video is particulary beautifull and sometimes is called Andreina, a girl’s name, since all the valses of this composer have a girl’s name.
The Vals Venezolano No. 2 is regarded as a piece for guitar players with intermediate skills and should be practiced slowly first. Since it is a vals without any rubato or off time parts, there should be no problem with maintaining the rhythm.

The Rolling Stones Performing Wild Horses in an Accoustic Version

This video clip shows the famous rock band Rolling Stones performing one of their most known songs called Wild Horses. This particular version is played on accoustic instruments. The recording sounds great, almost better than the original album cut. The album that contains this song is Brown sugar and was released in the early seventies.
The Rolling Stones were another rock group from England, as the Beatles. But even though both groups appear almost together on the international rock scene, in fact they are very different, not only musically but they represent different kinds of people. The Beatles were much more ‘compatible’ with society and even when they were critical about certain issues, they did it nicely, while the Stones sounded harsher. No wonder that the Beatles were asked to visit the Queen and get hit by her magic sword so much earlier than the Rolling Stones.
This song has some influences from american country and western music and here are the lyrics:
Childhood living is easy to do
The things you wanted, I bought them for you
Graceless lady you know who I am
You know I cant let you slide through my hands
Wild horses couldnt drag me away
Wild, wild horses, couldnt drag me away

I watched you suffer a dull aching pain
Now you decided to show me the same
No sweeping exits or offstage lines
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind
Wild horses couldnt drag me away
Wild, wild horses, couldnt drag me away

I know I dreamed you a sin and a lie
I have my freedom but I dont have much time
Faith has been broken, tears must be cried
Lets do some living after we die
Wild horses couldnt drag me away
Wild, wild horses, we’ll ride them some day

Wild horses couldnt drag me away
Wild, wild horses, we’ll ride them some day.

Andrés Segovia performing Fernando Sor’s Op. 9

Watch this video of Andrés Segovia, the spanish top class guitar player, Opus 9 of Fernando Sor. This piece is quite difficult to play but of course this guitar master plays it with ease and putting a lot of feeling into it. His interpretation is perfect, even though the video is from the days when black and white was still very popular. There might be some snobs pretending that they cannot enjoy Fernando Sor’s music because of the poor image quality. There is so much nonsense said.
I’m sure most of you can watch this video without problems and listen to the excellent performance of Andrés Segovia who was born on February 21st of 1893 in Linares which is a small village of the province of Jaén, Spain. The first guitar music Segovia listened to was the flamenco guitar. At the age of 16, he made his first performance at the Centro Artístico de Granada after having teached himself a repertoire he found representative for the essence of classical guitar music:
Tárrega’s Capricho Arabe, preludes and arpegio exercises, Fernando Sor’s Study in B minor Op. 35 N° 22, and some transcriptions of music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bach, Chopin and Schumann.
Andrés Segovia was always interested in the enrichment of his repertoire. He contacted a few composers and asked them for material to play, among them Manuel de Falla who responded with his only piece for the classical guitar known as “Homenaje pour le Tombeau de Debussy”.

Paco de Lucia – Entre dos aguas – Flamenco Rumba

Paco de Lucia is playing Entre dos aguas in this video recording. He is one of the most important flamenco guitar players of the world, maybe you even think he’s the best. Spanish folk music became much more popular when Paco de Lucia began to perform with John McLaughlin and Al diMeola. However, when Otmar Liebert appeared on the music scene, he made flamenco really well know. Of course, to gain such success a little commercial adaptation of the original flamenco style was necessary.
Paco de Lucia said in an interview that he is angry about guys like Otmar Liebert gaining so much popularity and having big success because in Spain there is a better flamenco guitar player under each stone you pick up. However, the bosses of the music business preferred to present a player from outside Spain and to make him a super star. That is a shame, we agree with Paco de Lucia who really knows how to play the music of his people, who has been listening to the different flamenco styles since he was a kid and who has assimilated the whole flamenco tradition, expressing his musical wisdom in every performance he presents to people from all over the world. It’s sad that the original ideas are commercialized in distorted ways, just to make sure they will be an commercial success, musical issues are widely underestimated or even ignored.

Heitor Villa-Lobos – Prelude No. 5

Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of the greatest brazilian composers. He has written music for solo instruments like the guitar as well as pieces for the symphony orchestra. Watch this video of the famous classical guitar player John Williams playing the Prelude No. 5 in a superb manner. The masterful performer plays the first section of the Prelude No. 5 as a waltz and cools down in the second movement. Many of the people who have watched this video state that John Williams is playing too fast, while others say that he is playing it at the right pace. There are recordings with both versions out on the market and we definitely like this faster first part version better. But as you know, taste is a very subjective thing so if you don’t like this version very well, then you can look for an interpretation by the great guitar player Julian Bream who usually plays the first part with a slow speed and the second part veeery slowly. Make your choice, any version you prefer is ok, there is no ‘right tempo’ (as long as the composer doesn’t indicate a metronome number of beats per minute, which with this piece of music doesn’t seem to be the case).