Acoustic guitar shredding?
August 30, 2013 1:59 PM   Subscribe

What are some albums that feature fast and virtuosic acoustic guitar playing/shredding? For example, I really like a lot of the Candyrat guitarists (Ewan Dobson, Gareth Pearson), and most recently I really enjoyed Paul Gilbert's Acoustic Samurai album. I also know that Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen have done some acoustic shredding. Any really good ones you could recommend?
posted by archagon to Media & Arts (31 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Not sure how far away from shredding you want to venture but Kaki King is definitely an acoustic virtuoso. That particular track is off her 2004 album Legs to Make Us Longer.
posted by griphus at 2:06 PM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Leo Kottke, perhaps?
posted by The Card Cheat at 2:10 PM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


Rodrigo y Gabriela?
posted by AwkwardPause at 2:11 PM on August 30, 2013 [4 favorites]


Paul Gilbert - I Understand Completely

The run at 0:38 is insane.

And seconding R y G. Those guys rip.
posted by BlerpityBloop at 2:21 PM on August 30, 2013


Also, check out Nickel Creek, their guitar player Sean Watkins is one hell of a player, almost (but not quite) keeping up with the inimitable mandolin shredding of Chris Thile.
posted by BlerpityBloop at 2:27 PM on August 30, 2013


seriously, Kottke.
posted by jpe at 2:28 PM on August 30, 2013


Oh yeah, and who could forget about Tommy Emmanuel
posted by BlerpityBloop at 2:29 PM on August 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


And then of course there is Zakk Wylde
posted by BlerpityBloop at 2:30 PM on August 30, 2013




Not sure if you're open to recommendations outside of the instrumental guitar rock spectrum, but Tony Rice is very, very good.
posted by usonian at 2:36 PM on August 30, 2013


Are you looking for shredding, or just virtuoso "I can't believe there's just one guy playing that" stuff?

Because for the latter, there's Kottke, and a whole sort of guitar school he was a part of that included John Fahey and Jack Rose and some others. A more recent guy would be Sean Smith.
posted by LionIndex at 2:41 PM on August 30, 2013


Flamenco a Go Go by Steve Stevens

http://www.amazon.com/Flamenco-Go-Steve-Stevens/dp/B00004NHAB

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FACUWnmiJgI
posted by gnossos at 2:54 PM on August 30, 2013




shoot, forgot

Jon Diaz
posted by j_curiouser at 3:05 PM on August 30, 2013


LionIndex: I'm really open to any recommendations, as long as it's not classical or older stuff like Django Reinhardt or Andrés Segovia. (They're good, but not quite what I'm looking for.)
posted by archagon at 3:09 PM on August 30, 2013


Roy Clarke on The Odd Couple. Not an album, but an example, anyway.
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 3:12 PM on August 30, 2013


Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Paco Delucia - Friday Night in San Francisco.
posted by timsteil at 3:36 PM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Florian Opahle? Around 2:25
posted by Fortnight Bender at 3:47 PM on August 30, 2013


Michael Hedges


Nuno Bettencourt. ;-)
posted by humboldt32 at 4:30 PM on August 30, 2013


Thought for sure someone would have mentioned Richard Thompson by now.
posted by outfielder at 4:37 PM on August 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


Tommy Emmanuel - you'll wonder just how many hands he has.
posted by plinth at 5:11 PM on August 30, 2013


Tuck Andress, maybe?
posted by evoque at 6:29 PM on August 30, 2013


Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Paco Delucia - Friday Night in San Francisco .

These guys are pretty fast. Paco is rather fast.
posted by ovvl at 7:54 PM on August 30, 2013


Steve Stevens- Sadhana

Leo Kottke has been mentioned a few times, here's an excellent example of him at his peak: Last Steam Engine Train (1974) Kottke actually had to change his playing style due to tendinitis and nerve damage, so he's no longer as fast as this.

Preston Reed- Ladies Night
posted by EKStickland at 8:20 PM on August 30, 2013


Sir Richard Bishop. He's done some electronic/experimental stuff too, so tread wisely.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:28 PM on August 30, 2013


Acoustic Alchemy (I'm partial to the old lineup featuring the deceased Nick Webb, but the new guys are credible, too)
posted by paulsc at 10:29 PM on August 30, 2013


Estas Tonne
posted by protorp at 3:15 AM on August 31, 2013


Tenacious D
posted by h00py at 4:00 AM on August 31, 2013


John Butler Trio (recorded version)
posted by h00py at 7:22 AM on August 31, 2013


John Gomm and Newton Faulkner may float your boat.
posted by peteyjlawson at 8:50 AM on August 31, 2013


Igor Presnyakov?
posted by Mister Moofoo at 2:21 AM on September 1, 2013 [1 favorite]


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