In the first of a six-part video se­ries, ses­sion ace Carl Verheyen talks to Mil­ton Mer­mikides about his unique ap­proach to play­ing gui­tar.

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Ses­sion ace and all-round gui­tar wizard Carl Verheyen be­gins an ex­clu­sive master­class se­ries.

There are some big named gui­tar leg­ends one could men­tion, who are both well known by the gen­eral pub­lic and rou­tinely top ‘great­est gui­tarist’ lists. how­ever it’s rare that a gui­tarist ever achieves univer­sal ad­mi­ra­tion and re­spect from a wide range of their peers. Gui­tarists, it seems, are one of the hard­est au­di­ences to please, and there are few gui­tarists more widely and deeply re­spected, ad­mired and liked in the elec­tric gui­tar com­mu­nity than Carl Verheyen.

Carl can boast (not that he would) gush­ing ac­co­lades from top-level gui­tarists such as robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, steve Lukather, robben Ford, Brad Prais­ley, Jen­nifer Bat­ten, steve morse, scott hen­der­son and al­bert Lee. over his 40-year play­ing ca­reer Carl has worked with an amaz­ing list of mu­si­cians in a hugely di­verse range of styles, from al­lan holdsworth to Dolly Par­ton, played count­less ses­sions on al­bums and film scores, gigs con­stantly as a soloist or trusted side­man and, most re­fresh­ingly, is also a great and gen­er­ous teacher with a wide range of ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tional pub­li­ca­tions. he’s that rare type of player who ac­tu­ally in­spires rather than de­mor­alises with his vir­tu­os­ity and di­verse mu­si­cal­ity and, as hel­le­caster and el­ton John gui­tarist John Jor­gen­son puts it, he has a ‘trans­par­ent tech­nique’ where all his am­ple chops are only ever used in ser­vice of the joy and spirit of mu­si­cal ex­pres­sion.

In short, he has a solid the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge, chops galore, broad stylis­tic aware­ness, great tone and touch, and a nat­u­ral, in­tu­itive flair.

so it was a great plea­sure to have Carl visit the Gui­tar Tech­niques stu­dios dur­ing his

carl has worked with an amaz­ing list of mu­si­cians in a hugely di­verse range of styles.

mas­sive euro­pean tour, and in a cou­ple of hours he had given us enough great ma­te­rial for sev­eral fan­tas­tic video lessons.

In this first part we’ll look at Carl’s ap­proach to in­ven­tive rhythm and lead play­ing in an up­tempo coun­try rock­a­billy track, fol­lowed by a gor­geous blues bal­lad in a slow, shuf­fle feel.

many thanks to Carl for his gen­eros­ity in pro­vid­ing th­ese ex­clu­sive mas­ter­classes.

The multi-faceted ses­sioneer, group mem­ber, side­man and teacher, Carl Verheyen

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