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Chords: Early Beginnings III

Chords: Early Beginnings III

  • George Van Eps ( 1913 - )
    • “Father” of modern Pick Guitar
    • Late 1930’s designed Seven String Guitar
    • “Lap Piano”
    • Harmonic Mechanisms for Guitar - 3 Vols.
  • Audio: Cheek To Cheek
    • Legends - Johnny Smith/George Van Eps Solo Guitar Performances. Concord Jazz CCD-4616.

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One of the first to look at the guitar as an instrument like the piano. He took piano pieces and adapted them for the Guitar.

Taught Allan Reuss

Seven String guitar which has an additional low string tuned to A

Lap- Piano The Guitarists Challenge versus piano . The guitarist has only six strings and five fingers. Sacrifice a note either root or fifth. On the spot chord realisation

Andy Summers Message in a Bottle Police Tune

Modern players such as:

  • Howard Alden
  • Ted Green
  • Howard Morgan
  • Bucky Pizzarelli
  • Tuck Andress


Listen to Low bass notes produced by seventh string

Notice how closeto melody he sticks, quotes melody fragments in the beginning and ending.


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