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WITH HER UNIQUE FINGERPICKING GUI­TAR STYLE AND AR­REST­ING VO­CAL, AUSSIE SINGER‑SONG­WRITER MARY WEBB HAS MADE A NAME FOR HER­SELF AROUND THE GLOBE.

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How would you de­scribe your style of gui­tar play­ing?

It’s folky, jazzy, mostly fingerpicking and often sparse. It feels to me like a friend and com­pan­ion to my singing, rather than a wing­man. It has its own char­ac­ter and moods – it can be vul­ner­a­ble or fierce and it can be min­i­mal or cen­tre-stage.

The gui­tar I play is a three-quar­ter size par­lour gui­tar and is very re­spon­sive. The sub­tlest change in pluck­ing ve­loc­ity or touch af­fects the whole tone and at­ti­tude of that mo­ment. I have to treat it with re­spect, or it speaks up! That’s one of the things I love about play­ing it, though – us­ing that re­spon­sive­ness to em­pha­sise dif­fer­ent beats or notes, or sug­gest dif­fer­ent emo­tions.

What kind of equip­ment do you travel with th­ese days, and what are the strengths of your cur­rent setup?

I play and travel solo, and my setup is very min­i­mal: I have a small Tim­beridge gui­tar and my own voice. I’ve toyed with the idea of loop sta­tions, elec­tric gui­tars and ef­fects ped­als, but there’s some­thing won­der­ful about keep­ing it so simple. There’s noth­ing to hide be­hind, so it’s all about the mu­sic and mak­ing peo­ple feel.

Fi­nally, what are your plans for the rest of 2018 and be­yond?

Af­ter a big tour for Love Like Plan­ets, which has re­cently come to an end, I’m start­ing to write new ma­te­rial again and pur­sue some po­ten­tial cross-genre col­lab­o­ra­tions. Win­ter is a good time for me to slow down, re­group and make space for cre­ativ­ity to flow. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to play­ing at the Aus­tralian Hi-Fi & AV Show in Mel­bourne this Oc­to­ber, where Mike [Kirkham, pro­ducer] will also be pre­sent­ing a ses­sion on the mak­ing of Love Like Plan­ets. I hope I can keep mak­ing mu­sic that moves peo­ple for many years to come!

Head to aus­tralian­gui­tar­mag.com.au for our in-depth in­ter­view

Photo: Lau­ren Con­nelly

MARY WEBB

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