When your Improv game is so on point it's scary

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  1. Malikon

    Malikon アストロモンスター V.I.P. Member

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    (interview with live improv)


    Dude was just amazing.

    How does he get such a sweet, clanky, vintage sound with bladed heavy metal looking hot-rails style pickups? :laugh2:

    That Tele sounds great.

    (full ACL show)


    (interview)


    (full show)


    (famous beer bottle video)



    It's really scary when you realize he knows the chord changes but is basically making up 80% of it all on the go.

    A True Master. :dude:
     
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    Danny taught :jb: everything he knows.


    :naughty:

    :D
     
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    I suspect a lot of guitarists growing up in MD during Dannys time 'went to school' by watching him. :thumb:

    I can wrap my head around everything he does until he breaks out the Redneck-Jazz, then I'm flummoxed and only understand maybe 1/3'rd of it.

    He flows between genres so easily it's really incredible.
     
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    Who are you? Who who who who.... Premium Member

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    yeah Joe was lucky that he got to play with him.

    Danny lived and played in Maryland though for a long, long time.

    I heard of him in 91 in high school when 88 Emira St came out. And he killed himself in 94 (senior year for me),..same year Cobain killed himself. That was a weird year. It was cool seeing a Maryland guitarist get recognition though.

    People are still talking about him though. The Legacy of Danny Gatton is a very real thing. He left behind a playing style that's almost impossible to replicate because it's a fusion of so many different genres.
     
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    Marshall & Moonshine Senior Member

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    After a while, you run out of canned stuff.
    Gotta break out the fresh.
     
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    I want a nail file on my Tele for emergencies...

    That guy is amazing, and only heard of him a couple of weeks ago. Just wow.
     
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    I was just reading those pickups are mini-humbucker/hot rails type.

    It's a 53 Tele. Pretty cool he didn't 'revere' it and just played the hell out of it. Modded it like crazy. Put cubic zirconia dots on the side of the neck as fret markers because they caught the light no matter how dark the stage, put in those pickups, and did something to the tone knob so the scoop was huge like a wah-wah pedal (a certain capacitor). Neat stuff. He was a real player.

    ever since I got that killer LP I've really been enjoying playing again. Now I'm looking at Teles all the time since I have the perfect LP. :laugh2:
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I first heard of him when Roy committed suicide; Gatton was a fan of his and talked at length in Guitar World I think it was. I loved Elmira Street and that along with listening to Eric Johnson had me steered towards fusing roots, jazz, and rock long before I realized it.

    Now if only I could play like that!
     
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    He was a giant.
     
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    I like that first video/interview how the guy's like, "could you play us a little something?" and Danny just completely rips the guys head off and sh*ts down his neck, then looks up and smiles. :laugh2: Both times he 'played a little something' (not counting the jam at the end),....it was just a ridiculous series of licks out of nowhere.

    He had chops to spare.

    His redneck-jazz just floors me though. The country and rockabilly stuff I get. The jazz I get in the sense I understand jazz chords and using arpeggios with 7's and 9's and such in a fast run,..but the way he combines it all together so fluidly just does my head in. I stop trying to figure out what he's doing and just watch and listen and try to remember to pick my jaw off the floor.
     
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    Man I can't wait to check this thread out when I get onto a computer. I hate buffering.
     
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    Hey Mal since you like Gatton & you’re liking Teles now check out Roy Buchanan.

    He & Danny we’re it. :)

    Cheers, Rudi
     
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    Oh I've heard Roy, I've heard a bunch of the Tele masters. I've been banging away on a Squier Tele for years now.

    Danny G and Brent Mason are my favorite Tele players (so far).

    Not counting Jimmy Page I guess. :laugh2:
     
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    Gatton had rhe technique, vocabulary, style and the ability to mix it all together at will. He is definitely one of the greatest players that ever lived.
     
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    IMO Page wasn't so much a Tele player as a guy who used a Tele to get certain sounds, like he did with Strats and Danos.
     
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    I always kinda liked this dude
     
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