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18th Jun 2008 | 13:38

As guitar players, what has YouTube ever done for us? Perhaps most importantly it has granted us access to a copyright-contested cornucopia of great present-day guitar performances, but personally, it’s also rewound, paused and rewound me over and over again to the age when VHS players ruled the earth, back to what are essentially guitar-playing formative memories.

As guitar players, what has YouTube ever done for us? Perhaps most importantly it has granted us access to a copyright-contested cornucopia of great present-day guitar performances, but personally, it’s also rewound, paused and rewound me over and over again to the age when VHS players ruled the earth, back to what are essentially guitar-playing formative memories.

So here are the inspirational clips that I’ll nostalgically navigate to whenever I get the chance: if you know them inside out then you surely won’t mind watching them again, and if you don’t, well, I hope they have the same effect on you as they do on me!

1] The legendary SRV improvising while balancing a giant blue Liquorice Allsort on his head:


2] Jerry Donahue tearing himself free of his check-shirted restraints and spanking his Telecaster: “He seemed like such a quiet guy, pretty much kept himself to himself,“ said shocked neighbours…



3] Aah. Simply one of the best songs of all time… vintage John Martyn:



4] More recently, Andy McKee’s YouTube-record-breaking acoustic antics:



5] And the very last word in effortless trailblazing cool - Hendrix’s Hear My Train A’ Coming on a 12-string

If you feel like it, reply to this thread with your own YouTube guitar gems that you turn to for inspiration – and help your fellow players save some time navigating their way through the maze of classic playing out there…
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