Does Johnny A Have The Answer?

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  1. StevenA

    StevenA Member

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    When you are feeling that your playing doesn't measure up, or the modes of the harmonic major scale are starting to give you an aneurysm, refer to Johnny A's instrumentals, simple and beautiful.

     
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    very cool. never heard of him. great tone too. thanks!
     
  3. guitarjazz

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    Check out his first album.
     
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    What a great artist. I've seen him several times and always been blown away. He has his own voice for sure. Super-humble guy.
    Kudos to Favored Nations for getting his first CD's out.
     
  5. Pedro58

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    What was the question?
     
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    This is simply beautiful

     
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    He is playing a Marshall !!
     
  8. StevenA

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    JA has seemingly tapped into a visceral melodic sensibility in his audience. He doesn't possess the chops from Zeus that Tommy Emanuel has, nor the deep harmonic layers that Metheny has, but it doesn't really matter. He is like a modern day Chet Atkins, and unique in his presentation.
     
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    Johnny A is too cool for school, I dig him. Is he still playing with the Yardbirds?
     
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    Johnny's from around here and I've been fortunate to catch him live a number of times. Great and talented player and (like Chet) an arranger with some fantastic takes on classics. I'm still working on copping his version of "Walk Away Renee".

    BTW, the Johnny A Signature Gibson guitar he plays is a very sweet instrument. I have a stop tail and I love it.
     
  12. guitarjazz

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    His Beatles medley is the coolest.
     
  13. bob-i

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    Yes
     
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    He's a tgp member that has been active on the threads.
     
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    He's been compared to Chet from the time the first album came out and I've never seen it at all. I think he has very much his own thing. I like a lot of what he does, especially the slow melodic arrangments of well known older pop tunes. Some of those are truly magical.
     
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    Nice. I wonder what I could do if I practiced. Yeah, that'll happen.
     
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    I can appreciate him as a musician but not so much as a guitarist. But that might say more about me than about him.
     
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    The most recent time I saw him he had an incredible drummer, Bonham-like rock power. I talked to the drummer, Marty Richards, after the show and turns out he was one of those guys who played with Gary Burton when he (Marty) was still in diapers.
     
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    That arrangement doesn't look too simple to me! Nice playing. Cool guitar.
     
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    I think I could put that version of Whitchita Lineman on an infinite loop! Love that!
    Would love to have one of those Gibson's too.
     

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