Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Danny Gatton Telemaster|
Actor: Danny Gatton
Director: Arlen Roth
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
In this lesson, blistering country guitar star Danny Gatton teaches you an endless array of harmonic techniques, volume and tone control usage for pedal steel effects, B3 organ effects, jazz chord and mode juxtapositions a... more »
So effortless that you won't believe what you are seeing.
P.J. Le Faucheur | Canada (ex- U.K. resident) | 05/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Danny starts by stating "I'm really an un-educated ear player who doesn't know much theory" Holy crap! This man had a sense of humour! Then he proceeds to blaze through the most complex chordal/single string passages without a blink of an eyelid whilst reaching for the volume pot to create the most alarming "crying" swells. This man was GIFTED..i would even go so far to say he was a genius. The cascading harmonics are among the most difficult aspects to learn. I tried to keep up with Danny at certain points and i nearly ended up in traction!! Gatton displayed the harmonics more impressively than Lenny Breau could, and that's saying something. What also is a striking feature is the tone that Danny gets from his weather beaten 1952 Fender Telecaster. The tone is rich and mellow but also snarls like a tiger when he switches to lead pickup.
I find it hard to grasp his technique because this man was a naturally endowed musician who didn't have to think about what he's playing. It's difficult for him to explain something that is, to him, a natural reflex but he goes about it well. His style went far beyond just country picking although lap steel harmonies figure alot in his repertoire.
But all said and done the whole film is worth 10 stars just to catch a rare glimpse of one of the most underrated and talented guitarists since the days of Django Reinhardt & Les Paul.
I just wish he could come back and teach us the rest of it."
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Scott | Kansas City, MO USA | 01/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Danny Gatton was one of the greatest guitarists this planet has ever known. Few would argue that. And watching Danny in this DVD is an incredible experience for anyone who is a fan of his music. It is awe-inspiring to watch Danny lay down some of the licks we've listened to so many times. It is at the same time a little intimidating; the man was on another stratosphere with his understanding of the fretboard and virtually every kind of music in general.
I had this on VHS years ago and have lost it since. But I'm glad I did, because this DVD is far superior to that VHS format, though the overall setting does seem just a little dated. Not only are the sound and picture much better and more consistent, but some of the DVD features make it much easier to navigate and to study certain portions. The entire DVD is divided into "lessons", which can be accessed directly through a main menu. Each lesson can also be played back at a slower speed (half, I think) which makes it much easier to figure out how Danny did what he did. The split screen is also wonderful for watching Danny's wonderful right hand fingering techniques. Also included is most of the music (in Tab as well) as a study aid. Again, be warned. Even the tabulatures of Danny's playing are like nothing I've seen. Amazing!
This was a master of his instrument at his peak. This DVD is a must-have for Danny Gatton fans or any aspiring guitarist."
You've Gotta Get Gatton!
J. D. Karp | Philly PA -home of the tunafish hoagie | 09/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Danny Gatton was 'THE' most accomplished all around guitarist that has ever graced our planet. Not only could Danny 'humble' most other pickers; he was also very adept in genres such as jazz, rockabilly, slide guitar, bluegrass, and well... anything he wanted to play he could play with seeming effortlessness.
Not only do I own his second Hot Licks tape, Strictly Rhythm Guitar (required for ALL guitarists), I also play a Telecaster. Mr. Gatton was certainly not the first player to wrap his hands around a Telecaster (aka The Plank)but he certainly ranks high up on that short list of 'Telemasters'.
In my further study of this wonderful gentleman I ordered his first Hot Licks video titled accordingly 'Telemaster'. I highly recommend this video because Danny explains in full his many different and varied playing techinques. The split camera work is excellent. PLUS...not only is Danny Gatton a virtuoso, he is also a master teacher. Even though he confesses to be a self proclaimed 'ear player' his ability to communicate on a friendly basis is outstanding. Not all great guitarists can teach and not all great teachers are virtuoso guitarists. But Danny Gatton has that rare ability to teach with intelligence without being condesending to the student. Now all of this is enough, but I love Danny's sense of humor! He comes across as very down to earth and not at all full of himself. The only bummer is that Danny's lapel mike (on his shirt) does not pick up his voice too well. While the guitar sounds fine, the explanations are somewhat hard to decipher as the volume level is so much lower on his voice. I'm wondering why this could not have been 'tweaked' when it was mastered from VHS tape to DVD. On the positive side the DVD makes great use of chapters and going directly to what you want to view. Similar to 'Strictly Rhythm Guitar' Danny Gatton's 'Telemaster' is something that you can view 100 times and get something out of it every time. Buy this DVD and learn from one of the best!
We miss you Danny!"
D. Winter | Pennsylvania | 02/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who best to show different guitar techniques than the man who knew them all??!!
Danny was an outstanding player who through all his Jazz knowledge and musical background had many tools to his advantage;
and he used them all so well...
Who knows what could have been....RIP Danny...we all miss you.