Masters Of Rhythm Guitar (english) - Joachim Vogel

Joachim Vogel, graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in California and professional guitarist (studio work and live projects with different, well-known artists, e.g. Marianne Rosenberg), has written two books in the AMA series “Masters of…”: “Masters of Jazz Guitar” and “Masters of Rhythm Guitar”.

Just like in the whole series, the author presents the 22 guitarists who, in his opinion have been the most influential because of their innovativeness and originality and who have coined their style of music. The reader receives background information in the form of biographies, as well as their personal influences and a list of their works. With authentic audio tracks, the characteristic features like sound, playing techniques, harmonic and audio material will be practiced. In doing so, the aim is to broaden the repertoire of the guitarist with authentic grooves and rhythmic patterns.

The following guitarists will be covered:

For 1950’s rock music, the following artists are represented: Scotty Moore, Elvis’ studio guitarist, who played a crucial role in shaping the rockabilly sound, “Mr Rock’n’Roll” Chuck Berry and the musical brain of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. Jimi Hendrix had a fundamental influence on the introduction of chord and solo playing in rock music; he coined the term orchestral guitar. Eddie van Halen refined the two hand tapping technique and Steve Stevens merged heavy metal with new wave music. As prime examples of hard rock or heavy metal, the following artists are presented: Jimmy Page (member of Led Zeppelin), Malcolm Young (former member of AC/DC) and James Hatfield (member of Metallica).

Soul/reggae music originated in the middle of the 1960s over the course of the “Black Power” movement of African Americans, who referred back to their musical gospel tradition. In this chapter, the following important guitarists are presented: Steve Cropper, Jimmy Nolan, Nile Rodgers, Prince, Paul Jackson Jr. and Bob Marley.

Representing new wave, which originated in the middle of the 1970s as a reorientation of punk rock, are Andy Summers (member of The Police) and David Evans (member of U2).

Joachim Vogel also dedicates a chapter to rhythm guitar in country music - rural folk music of the white population of North America. The two musicians presented are Merle Travis and Albert Lee, both of whom are famous for their particular fingerpicking technique.

In the final chapter about jazz, Joachim Vogel chooses the following musicians based on their virtuosic solo improvisations and their brilliant rhythm and accompaniment techniques: Joe Pass, Charlie Byrd and John Mc Laughlin.

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