I am declaring this to be “Jeff Beck Week” on the GuitarBUZZ!
Since Jeff will be a guest musician on American Idol this week – it seems appropriate.
I am pretty stoked about what he might do – just knowing that he will be backing the Top 9 finalists gives reason to assume some wild guitar playing is in store for everyone.
Premier Guitar Magazine wrote about Jeff this month in an story titled: Signal Chain: Going Au Natural where they highlighted Jeff’s finger style (sans pick) playing.
If you watch and listen closely to Beck, you’ll notice how he can shift the timbre of each note or phrase . . . He uses his fingertips as an equalizer by striking the string at different points to create a range of tones.
The tone variance is dramatic at times. When he mixes his finger attack with a masterful use of a trem bar, the results are what make Jeff Beck…Jeff Beck. Check out this version of People Get Ready, performed at the UDO MUSIC FESTIVAL live in 2006: