In a world of midi, synth and sample-driven music, is the guitar even relevant anymore? Sure it’s easier to drop blocks into place on Pro Tools than it is to spend countless hours practicing an instrument that requires constant tuning, but the results speak for themselves: here are 5 instrumentals that will help you rediscover the beauty of the guitar.
The Decemberists – An Interlude
Taken from their 17-track concept album Hazards Of Love, “An Interlude” clocks in at just 1:40 but provides a nice breather between the overblown “The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid” and the dark humour of “The Rake’s Song”. See if you can pick out British singer/songwriter Robin Hitchcock as special guest guitarist.
Eddie Vedder – Tuolumne
Everyone’s heard “Hard Sun” but the nine original songs on the Into The Wild soundtrack deserve a listen too – Eddie’s playing really captures the feelings of sadness and loss in the film.
The Tea Party – Haze On The Hills
Remember the 90’s? How about The Tea Party? Say what you will about Jeff Martin, he was an excellent guitarist who recorded some beautiful eastern-influenced guitar tracks. Splendor Solis sold over a million copies in Canada alone.
Jeff Peterson – Hawaiian Skies
Slack-key guitar originated in Hawaii and features open tunings so you can play a chord just by strumming! Jeff Peterson is a master of slack-key and this song was featured on the soundtrack to the George Clooney film The Descendants, which is set in Hawaii.
Baroness – Stretchmarker
It’s a miracle that the members of Baroness are playing guitars at all after they were in a serious tour bus accident in England in 2012. Frontman John Dyer Baizley broke his arm and his leg and spent a lot of time in rehabilitation before he posted the acoustic home video version of “Stretchmarker” online and wrote “time to get back to it.”