"I go by feel, I go by feel.
The only way I know what's real."
Mostly, as a self-taught guitar player (maybe not... considering all the influences and internet/book resources I've come across lately!) and rather than trying to be anything remotely near a good player of any great technique, I'm not bound by genre or clichés.
Blues is a human expression of emotion. That may explain why I felt called to blues music, even though, I grew up in Europe, a continent apart from the music’s heartlands in America’s Deep South.
I’m a fan of raw guitar players who aren’t really polished… you’re not sure if it’s all going to fall apart. Those who, rather than trotting out a collection of preconceived practised licks and lines, take some chances along the way, creating ideas on the spot. IMHO they sound more exciting and impressive for it.
The real beauty is playing without thinking and once you have some concepts down, what comes out, is from the heart. It's second nature.
I just enjoy listening and playing some music, in honour of that timeless way of killing time (just for the fun of it...and whenever inspired). I'm happiest picking out a blues tune to a suitable backing track. After all, simple music is the hardest to play...
As a tone fiend, I like to let those bluesy guitar tones breathe a little bit. But, almost everything I play, it never, ever comes out quite the way I heard it in my head. Sometimes I end up with something that's kind of close, but it's not quite what intended originally. These uploaded tracks are no exception...
Feel free to comment good, bad or indifferent and do not hesitate to share any ideas you might have.
Favourite guitarists (old school suspects apart):
Matt Schofield; Jim Campilongo; Walter Trout; Danny Bryant; Joe Bonamassa; Andy Timmons; Gregor Hilden; Robben Ford; Larry Carlton (among others)...