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David Lamkins picked up his first guitar a long time ago. As best he can recall the year was 1967: the year of the Summer of Love. Four decades later David has conjured up an amalgam of folk, rock and jazz solo guitar music for the occasional intimate Portland audience.
location: Portland, OR USA

Facets: performance, opinion, @musings info
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On "tone"...

Tone is in the rig. The "fingers" account for phrasing, articulation, attack, dynamics, ... Great "fingers" will struggle with a crappy rig, and sing with a great rig. The player's style will always come through, but the nuances get highlighted by the better rig.

I often hear stories about a great player borrowing a crappy rig and sounding "just like" he or she always does. Well, what's going on there is that the listener recognizes the player's signature style. I have never heard one of these anectdotes end with the player trading in his or her preferred rig.

July 13 2003 07:57:46 GMT