60 Seconds with...

Bach­man-Turner Over­drive’s Randy Bach­man

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

A minute’s enough time to find out what makes a great gui­tarist tick. Be­fore he jumped in his limo for the air­port, we grabbed a quick chat and chucked a dozen ques­tions at Randy. GT: Who was your first in­flu­ence to play the gui­tar?

RB: Chet Atkins, whom I dis­cov­ered by lis­ten­ing to Lenny Breau. I couldn’t be­lieve all those fin­ger­pick­ing parts could be played at once.

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

RB: A Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120, which is what Lenny Breau, Chet and Duane Eddy played.

GT: What was the best gig you ever did?

RB: Seat­tle Pop Fes­ti­val, 1969. I was with The Guess Who and the three-day line-up was mind­bog­gling. Led Zep, Bo Did­dley, The Byrds, Ike & Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, Chicago Tran­sit Au­thor­ity, San­tana, 10 Years Af­ter, Fly­ing Bur­rito Broth­ers, Tim Buckley, Young­bloods, Charles Lloyd, Al­bert Collins, Lon­nie Mack, Spirit, Vanilla Fudge…

GT: And your worst play­ing night­mare?

RB: It was at an out­side gig in West Canada, when a wind­storm came up and blew all the light­ing and sound rig­ging down onto the stage.

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

RB: To let the solo­ing breathe. Space is as im­por­tant as note choice; and also to play some­thing you and oth­ers can sing, not a blur of scales.

GT: Do you still prac­tise?

RB: Yes, sev­eral hours a day.

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

RB: No.

GT: If you could put to­gether a fan­tasy band with you in it, who

Space is as im­por­tant as note choice. Play some­thing you and oth­ers can sing, not a blur of scales.

would the other play­ers be (dead or alive)?

John Bon­ham – drums; Sting – bass; Robert Plant – vo­cals; Joe Bona­massa – gui­tar; (Ger­man boo­gie-woo­gie prodigy) Michael Kae­sham­mer – pi­ano.

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

RB: Prob­a­bly Lenny Breau.

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

RB: Yes, Clap­ton: Live Cross­roads, from Wheels Of Fire.

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

RB: Amer­i­can Woman.

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

RB: For writ­ing good songs and be­ing a nice guy!

GT: And what are you up to at the mo­ment?

RB: Tour­ing with Fred Turner as Bach­man-Turner, do­ing solo gigs with my band, and pre­par­ing charts for a se­ries of gigs.

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