Danny Gatton – Telemaster
Oct 06 2014
Classic Hot Licks titles on DVD! For the first time Hot Licks classic video titles are available on DVD, making it even easier to learn with the world’s top players…right in your own home! These new transfers make them look better than ever while DVD technology makes navigating each lesson even easier! With a new introduction by Jeff Golub who began his career as guitarist for rocker Billy Squier. He has recorded numerous solo CDs and is a highly-valued session player and sideman, having worked with such artists as Peter Wolf, John Waite, Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams and Rod Stewart. You’ll never miss a note!
- You see the music and the tablature on screen as it’s being played!
- All right and left-hand techniques are shown in close up and with helpful split-screen effects to make learning easy.
- Slow motion segments with standard pitch sound.
- Artist biographies
- Selected discographies
- Suggested listening
- Booklet with music examples included
Danny Gatton’s guitar talents cover a wide range of styles. Whatever the lick, style or technique this virtuoso player can do it – and show you how to do it. You’ll learn just how much a Telecaster can do, including harmonic techniques, volume and tone control for pedal steel effects, jazz chord and mode juxtapositions and substitutions, banjo-style rolls and much more!
Danny starts by stating “I’m really an uneducated ear player who doesn’t know much theory” Holy crap! This man had a sense of humor! Then he proceeds to blaze through the most complex chordal/single string passages without a blink of an eyelid whilst reaching for the volume pot to create the most alarming “crying” swells.
The cascading harmonics are among the most difficult aspects to learn. What also is a striking feature is the tone that Danny gets from his weather beaten 1952 Fender Telecaster. The tone is rich and mellow but also snarls like a tiger when he switches to lead pickup.
Danny Gatton was ‘THE’ most accomplished all around guitarist that has ever graced our planet. Not only could Danny ‘humble’ most other pickers; he was also very adept in genres such as jazz, rockabilly, slide guitar, bluegrass, and well… anything he wanted to play he could play with seeming effortlessness. Mr. Gatton was certainly not the first player to wrap his hands around a Telecaster (aka The Plank) but he certainly ranks high up on that short list of ‘Telemasters’. Danny explains in full his many different and varied playing techniques. The split camera work is excellent. PLUS…not only is Danny Gatton a virtuoso, he is also a master teacher.
Even though he confesses to be a self proclaimed ‘ear player’ his ability to communicate on a friendly basis is outstanding. Not all great guitarists can teach and not all great teachers are virtuoso guitarists. But Danny Gatton has that rare ability to teach with intelligence without being condescending to the student. He comes across as very down to earth and not at all full of himself. The only bummer is that Danny’s lapel mike (on his shirt) does not pick up his voice too well. While the guitar sounds fine, the explanations are somewhat hard to decipher as the volume level is so much lower on his voice. On the positive side the DVD makes great use of chapters and going directly to what you want to view. Similar to ‘Strictly Rhythm Guitar’ Danny Gatton’s ‘Telemaster’ is something that you can view 100 times and get something out of it every time.
Subtitles: Spanish, French, German, Italian.
Running time: 01:22:04
Video: MPEG2 NTSC 4:3 (720×480) 29.970fps
Audio: English, AC3, 2/0 ch, 224Kbps
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 707 Mb