60 Sec­onds with...

Be­fore he jumped in his limo for the air­port, we grabbed a quick minute and chucked a bunch of ques­tions at Nige Mel­lor, of Broth­ers Groove

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

GT: Who was your first in­flu­ence to play the gui­tar?

NM: My first real mo­ments with gui­tar, where I imag­ined it was me play­ing, were David Gil­mour and Eric Clap­ton songs and so­los. I was def­i­nitely a gui­tar player at 8-10 years old, long be­fore I picked one up at nearly 16.

GT: What was the first gui­tar you re­ally lusted af­ter?

NM: It was a sun­burst Les Paul just like Jimmy Page’s. I ended up buy­ing a black Kay cat­a­logue Les Paul for my first gui­tar. It was an­other 7-8 years be­fore I got the real deal – a 1969 Les Paul in sun­burst.

GT: What was the best gig you ever did?

NM: I’d like to think it was the last one, you know, still pro­gress­ing. There are quite a few gigs that are mem­o­rable but it is never be­cause of who, or how many people are there, or how nuts the crowd is. They are mem­o­rable be­cause of the in­ter­ac­tion and feel be­tween us and the split-sec­ond de­ci­sions we make live.

GT: And your worst play­ing nightmare?

NM: I think an amp go­ing down is the big­gest pain, even if it is one of the oth­ers guys’ amps as it can re­ally dis­rupt the flow of a mu­si­cal mo­ment.

GT: What’s the most im­por­tant mu­si­cal les­son you ever learnt?

NM: Lis­ten to ev­ery­one and find your own space.

GT: Do you still prac­tise?

NM: Yeah, I tend to prac­tise a lot un­plugged around the home. Even when I’m watch­ing a film some­times, I’ll still have the chord changes go­ing on in my head. I’ll walk to the kitchen to make a cup of tea with the gui­tar still round my neck. I switch on the ket­tle and play while I wait for it to boil. It boils and I quite of­ten carry on play­ing and then

have to re-boil the thing.

GT: Do you have a pre-gig warm-up rou­tine?

NM: No not re­ally. We tend to spend no time at all on sound checks so we don’t play un­nec­es­sar­ily. But if I haven’t had a chance to play for a few days, I’ll loosen my fin­gers up with a few chro­matic ex­er­cises in the green room be­fore­hand.

GT: If you could put to­gether a

There are quite a few gigs that are mem­o­rable, but it is never be­cause of who, or how many people are there

fan­tasy band with you in it, who would the other play­ers be (dead or alive)?

NM: I know it sounds cheesy but the guys I am with are a bit spe­cial and we all ap­pre­ci­ate one an­other in that way. In my 30 years of play­ing I don’t think I have come across guys who can re­act to what one an­other do so well.

GT: Who’s the sin­gle great­est gui­tarist that’s ever lived?

NM: If I was forced to do a sin­gle it would have to be Jimi Hen­drix be­cause he had the blues thing down, the ex­pres­sion, he could groove and was an in­no­va­tor. There are many in­no­va­tors I would like to men­tion here though, and some are of our time.

GT: Is there a solo you re­ally wish you had played?

Yeah, for its power and state­ment it would have to be Jimi Hen­drix Star Span­gled Ban­ner (Amer­i­can An­them) live at Wood­stock. Take one gui­tar and say “up yours” to the war­mon­gers.

GT: What’s the solo or song of your own of which you’re most proud?

NM: Will I See You There, off Play The Game. I left plenty of breath­ing room in that one.

GT: What would you most like to be re­mem­bered for?

NM: Be­ing kind. Broth­ers Groove’s new al­bum Play The Game is out now, and Nige and the band are cur­rently on tour around the coun­try. Catch this award nom­i­nated group if you can – go to www.broth­ers­groove.org for more de­tails.

Nige Mel­lor: groov­ing with his Strat!

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