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Jack Semple: Amazing guitar player/musician

Aruntang

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I thought I would share someone who was a major influence on my own guitar development here in Canada. Coming from a small prairie town in Alberta, I didn't really get to see great guitar players in person.

Jack Semple was one of those exceptions. He wasn't just a good guitar player, he was a great guitar player and a great musician/singer.

I remember being 15 and catching his show after my Band teacher recommended I go see him. I was in awe. Just a killer R&B/Funk/Blues/Jazz player. I remember asking him questions about his guitar (70's strat) and pickups in the set break, but I was so nervous I could only ask one question at a time. I would ask, "Soooo, what strings do you use?", I would get the answer and run back to my table. I would remember another question and repeat the process probably 5-6 times. Ha ha!

The thing was he was always a gentleman and a professional, and a truly great human being. He loved teaching and sharing his knowledge. I was lucky enough to have him as a teacher for a few summers in High school when I played for the Saskatchewan All-Star High School Jazz Band. I know, I know, I am a glorified jazz band geek.


Here are few vids I found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbXfND2BH7E : Footage of him on MuchMusic in 1992 competing in the Canada-wide Rock Guitar competition.

http://www.jacksemple.com/jackvideo/electricsolo.mov

http://www.jacksemple.com/jackvideo/when%20my%20baby.mov

Here is the vids page on his website, and his website:

http://www.jacksemple.com/video.asp

http://www.jacksemple.com/main.html

Let me know what you guys think! Oh yeah, he plays completely finger style!
 

6tringer

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385
He's a brilliant musician! I saw him on a Christmas special a few years ago and had to find out who he was. Tracked him down and bought a copy of his instructional video and one of his cd's.
 

Beagle1

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377
Wow...I'd never heard of this guy...but what an incredible talent, and versatile too! It seems like he can play any style out there, from rock and blues to jazz and flamenco.

And he can sing...there was one clip on his site where he does some George Benson style scat-singing over his lead lines. A lot of guys *try* to do this with varying success, but Semple's technique here is particularly impressive, right up there with GB I would say.

His picking technique is really interesting...when he alternate picks, I can't tell if he's using the nail on his thumb or his index finger? I might have to buy his video and CD's just to find out.

Thanks for sharing...I can't believe this guy isn't more well known.
 

pickslide

Silver Supporting Member
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Jack Semple is awesome! I have seen him 3 times and met him once. Not just a great player, but a really nice guy too. It is a shame more people have not heard of him.
 

Steve73

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I've taken some lessons off him many moons ago, Jack is a great guy and a great player. I believe he grew up playing flamenco (hence his playing technique), did a bunch of country stuff for TV shows and used to play with the Canadian R&B band, the Lincoln's, before moving to Regina and going solo.

He has acrylic/gel nails and he holds the one on his index finger like a pick and alternate picks it. Of course, all the other right hand fingers get added into the mix as well. Funky!!
 

JB Eckl

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Jack is amazing! I used to see him play in my hometown in Saskatchewan... even took a couple of lessons from him, which I wish I could do now.

In addition to the rock/blues/country/fusion shredding he's known for, Jack is a master of all things R&B... his rhythm playing alone would make him a humbling/inspiring player. I don't understand most of what he does.
 

Aruntang

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496
I am very happy to see Jack getting some love on this board! Jack was my first real guitar hero.
 




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