Guitar Techniques - - TALK BACK -

I would like to thank all in­volved for the fan­tas­tic night at the Bris­tol Jazz & Blues Fes­ti­val recre­at­ing the Are You Ex­pe­ri­enced al­bum by Jimi Hen­drix. I started play­ing gui­tar in the early ’60s and played with lots of bands dur­ing the ’60s and ’70s. I played mainly a Gib­son Les Paul through a 100-watt Mar­shall stack, both of which I still own. I was lucky to ex­pe­ri­ence many in­cred­i­ble gigs dur­ing that pe­riod in­clud­ing Hen­drix, Cream, Pink Floyd and The Move plus oth­ers to­gether at Spalding; the Jeff Beck band with Rod Ste­wart; one of Free’s first gigs at the Lon­don Blues Con­ven­tion and com­pered by Alexis Korner; one of Fleet­wood Mac’s first gigs; John May­all with Mick Tay­lor; Fred­die and Al­bert King, etc.

What I re­mem­ber of the gigs dur­ing that pe­riod was the energy, ex­cite­ment and in­no­va­tion pour­ing from the bands. I be­lieve the dif­fer­ence be­tween a good band and an in­cred­i­ble band is that energy.

I have been teach­ing gui­tar for over 20 years and gig with a blues-rock band, a func­tion band and a clas­si­cal gui­tar en­sem­ble. GT helps a lot with my teach­ing.

I want to thank all in­volved with Are You Ex­pe­ri­enced for tak­ing me back to the energy of those days. What a fan­tas­tic night! How about Axis Bold as Love next?

Roger Coombs

For those who have no idea what Roger is talk­ing about, I’ll ex­plain. Jamie Dick­son (Gui­tarist editor), Mick Tay­lor (ex-Gui­tarist editor and now That Pedal Show host) and I, along with a great bassist and drum­mer, were asked to recre­ate the whole of Are You Ex­pe­ri­enced, live at the Bris­tol Jazz & Blues Fes­ti­val in hon­our of the al­bum’s 50th an­niver­sary. It was great fun and re­ally re­ward­ing. If it came across as ‘energy’, Roger, it was prob­a­bly just fear! What a great bunch of bands you saw back then – and you still have your orig­i­nal gear. Fan­tas­tic! Ac­tu­ally, it would be great for read­ers to let us know the best gigs they’ve ever seen, in­clud­ing where, and what made them so good. Did you see them be­fore they were fa­mous, etc, etc? I look for­ward to pass­ing them on! Ac­tu­ally, we may do Wheels Of Fire!

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