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Jeff Beck Les Paul

‘Rock And Roll Party To Honor Les Paul,’ Jeff Beck’s Concert Tribute To The Iconic Guitarist Recorded This Summer At The Iridium Jazz Club In New York City.

Jeff Beck paid fitting tribute to Les Paul last summer, celebrating what would have been the pioneering guitarist’s 95th birthday by playing his friend and mentor’s music, along with classic tunes from the era, in the same Times Square nightclub that Les Paul played every Monday for 14 years, before his death in August 2009.

Sponsored by Gibson Guitar and billed as ‘A Celebration of Les Paul,’ Jeff Beck was joined by The Imelda May Band at the Iridium Jazz Club on June 9th, 2010. The two-time Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee mesmerized the star-studded audience with a tour de force performance of classics that Paul recorded with Mary Ford, ‘How High The Moon,’ ‘Vaya Con Dios’ and ‘Mockin’ Bird Hill,’ along with such rock and roll standards as ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ and ‘Walking In The Sand.’

Following this release, Beck will take the ‘Rock And Roll Party’ on the road for a short U.S. tour. Beck will once again be backed by The Imelda May Band and its enchanting singer, Imelda May, who joined Beck on stage at the 2010 Grammy® Awards for a spot-on rendition of Paul’s ‘How High The Moon.’

PBS will give fans a first look at a unique edition of this performance with the premiere of ‘Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul,’ a concert special that captures the first night of ‘The Celebration to Honor Les Paul,’ which was recorded on June 9, 2010, what would have been Les Paul’s 95th birthday. Special guest performers included Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews, Gary U.S. Bonds and Brian Setzer, who traded riffs with Beck on Eddie Cochran’s rockabilly classic ‘Twenty Flight Rock.’

Jeff Beck Guitar history

In 1980 Mikal Gilmore wrote in Rolling Stone that Jeff Beck “was an archetypal figure: a resourceful, iconoclastic guitarist who helped mold and inform many of the rock-related movements in the last fifteen years, including psychedelia, heavy metal, art rock, fusion and—yes—punk.”

Beck’s road to stardom began with the unenviable chore of replacing Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds band in the mid-1960s. Beck quit the band Trident and took over the role by moving beyond Clapton’s blues-based licks and creating a whole new style that relied on feedback, distortion, volume swells, slide guitar, and sitar simulations based on modal scales.

“The Beck-Yardbirds represented the group at their highest peak of creativity, unpredictable and generally miles beyond the activities of their contemporaries,” as stated in Rock 100. Jimmy Page joined the band on second guitar and kicked their energy level up another notch until Beck’s ego reportedly led to his departure. Although he was only with the Yardbirds for twenty months, Beck’s manic playing fueled their biggest hits: “Over Under Sideways Down,” “Heart Full Of Soul,” “I’m A Man,” and “Shapes Of Things.”

Beck left in 1966 and soon released the singles “Hi Ho Silver Lining,” “Tallyman,” “Love Is Blue,” and “Beck’s Bolero,” with the latter featuring Page, Keith Moon, and John Paul Jones. He then formed the first Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart on vocals, Ron Wood on bass, Micky Waller on drums, and Nicky Hopkins on piano. Their first release, Truth, was “truly a showcase album for a guitar hero,” wrote Gene Santoro in The Guitar: The Music, The History, The Players. “Beck’s unpredictable pyrotechnics are at their wildest, wooliest, and most off-the-wall imagination here.” On cuts like Howlin’ Wolf’s “I Ain’t Superstitious,” Beck’s playing overwhelms Stewart’s vocals and stretched rock’s roots to their furthest yet. “That’s my whole thing,” said Beck in Rolling Stone, “trying to explore the blues to the maximum, really. It’s in the blood.” As wild as Beck got, he still felt second to the most exciting electric guitarist ever, Jimi Hendrix. “I was embarrassed because I thought, God, that should be me up there—I just hadn’t had the guts to come out and do it so flamboyantly,” he told Guitar World.

Jeff Beck Guitar lessons

The online destination for guitarists featuring artist news, lessonsThere and Beck: Albums Featuring Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart  In 2011, longtime Jeff Beck fans were excited by rumors that the legendary guitarist was Geoffrey Beck was born on June 24, 1944, in Wallington England. His first taste of musical performance came when he sang with the church choir at the age of …Jeff Beck is heading back to Australia to play the Byron Bay Bluesfest (along with Al Di Meola, Joe Bonamassa and Buddy Guy), making up for 

Jeff Beck Guitar Gibson

Surely, there are as many modified electric guitars in the world as there are guitarists who play them. But rare is the modified, “off-the-shelf” guitar that is elevated to iconic status by the artist who played it and the music created by it.

Such is the case with Jeff Beck’s “Oxblood” Les Paul, a guitar from the heart of tone history. And now, Gibson Custom is proud to unveil the most accurate recreation of this legendary instrument ever produced: the Jeff Beck 1954 Les Paul Oxblood.

Jeff Beck yellow Guitar

Jeff Beck is one of the world’s greatest guitar legends—his peers Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page both are certainly better known and more commercially successful—but he’s undeniably one of the most fascinating, dedicated, enigmatic and influential artisans that ever played guitar.

 

During his Sixties stint in the Yardbirds Beck helped define the new sounds of hard rock and heavy metal. Then when bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath rose in popularity during the Seventies, he radically shifted directions, blazing a new path as a jazz-rock fusion pioneer. In the late Eighties and early Nineties when the instrumental shred-rock guitar phenomenon was at its peak, he released the eclectic Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop, a note-for-note tribute to rockabilly guitarist Cliff Gallup of Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (Crazy Legs), and an Asian-inspired original score to a television drama about the Vietnam War (Frankie’s House). At the dawn of the new millennium he released three albums that went in a decidedly more electronic direction, although these efforts also dug deep into modern blues and Celtic airs while Beck expanded his unique lyrical, vocal playing style.

Jeff Beck hot wired Guitar

The history of rock guitar has long since told us how Beck stepped into Eric Clapton’s shoes as the super-talented axe-slinger at the throbbing heart of The Yardbirds, but how he also slipped into his predecessor’s suit has been less well documented. Never the most sartorial or elegantly coiffured of fellows, Jeff turned up for his audition looking as if he’d just been tinkering under the bonnet of a car, and his grooming/makeover included inheriting the dapper stage gear originally tailored to fit Eric Clapton.

It’s these early years of Beck’s professional life that make the most evocative reading in this weighty biography, thanks mainly to the personal recollections of fellow Yardbirds Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, their memories of a thriving Home Counties R&B scene bringing the 60s to life. Regrettably, author Power hasn’t managed to secure equally enlightening interviews or first-hand accounts in later chapters, but he nonetheless offers a fulsome chronicle of one of the UK’s best musicians’ development.

Though rooted in the blues, Beck’s explorations of funk, jazz and more traditional rock’n’roll and rockabilly (he’s a lifelong fan of Les Paul) is covered in detail. A great deal of the information is culled from other sources, including decades of previously published magazine articles, but it’s admirable gumshoe work by a writer who’s clearly also a major fan.

Jeff Beck vintage Guitar

Check out this brilliant video that RIch over at The Guitar Channel uncovered! Jeff Beck gives us a sneak peek at some of the guitars that are just to valuable for him to take on the road and you get a rare chance to see Jeff playing styles you don’t often hear him playing.Missed Jeff Beck At The Crossroads Guitar Festival …. To round off the vintagefootage week, check out this rare video – Jeff Beck and Les Paul. Happy Friday 

Jeff Beck Guitar tips

Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to Jeff Beck. He doesn’t know this, but it’s been a one-way relationship of pure joy. I’ve known for years what a monster player he is and how he pretty much transcends all other electric guitarists in terms of the emotional range he can express on his instrument.

I knew he plays with his fingers, rather than a pick, and uses the volume control, tone control, pickup selector, and whammy bar in a uniquely interactive fashion to create tones reminiscent of the human voice—crying, shouting, and a myriad of others. I knew he uses a Strat, a Marshall, and a handful of effects, which he judiciously applies as required. But it has only been in the last few months that I really started to gain a deeper appreciation of the man and his music. This realization occurred when I decided to attempt to perform a few of his tunes with a new trio here in New Zealand.

The idea of providing an in-depth dissection of all the components that go into Jeff Beck’s sound would require an essay that extends far beyond the space available in a State of the Stomp page. Then there’s that pesky genius factor too—it’s tricky to try and break that one down. (If anyone knows how, be sure to let me know!)

For this column, I’m just going to look at one facet of Beck’s sound: gain and how he manipulates it with his guitar’s volume knob. Let’s look at this with particular attention to Beck’s tone on the Live at Ronnie Scott’s DVD and album that came out a few years ago.

Jeff Beck Guitar Tremolo

A variety of mechanical vibrato systems for guitar have been developed since the 1930s. They are used to add vibrato to the sound by changing the tension of the strings, typically at the bridge or tailpiece of an electric guitar using a controlling lever (often referred to as a whammy bar, vibrato arm/bar, or tremolo arm/bar). The lever enables the player to quickly vary the tension and sometimes the length of the strings temporarily, changing the pitch to create a vibrato, portamento or pitch bend effect.
Instruments without this device have other bridge and tailpiece systems. The mechanical vibrato systems began as a device for more easily producing the vibrato effects that blues and jazz guitarists had long produced on arch top guitars by manipulating the tailpiece with their picking hand. However, it has also made many sounds possible that could not be produced by the old technique, such as the 1980s-era shred guitar “dive bombing” effect.
Since the regular appearance of mechanical vibrato systems in the 1950s, they have been used by many guitarists, ranging from the gentle inflections of Chet Atkins to the exaggerated twang effects of early rocker Duane Eddy to the buoyant effects of surf music aficionados like The Ventures, The Shadows and Dick Dale to art rock innovator Frank Zappa. In the 1960s and ’70s, vibrato arms were used for more pronounced effects by the psychedelic guitarist Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page,[1] and Jeff Beck. In the 1980s, shred guitar virtuosos such as Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, and metal guitarists ranging from Ritchie Blackmore to thrashers like Kirk Hammett used the “whammy bar” in a range of metal-influenced styles. The pitch-bending effects, whether subtle inflections or exaggerated effects, have become an important part of many styles of electric guitar.
Despite the common misnomer tremolo arm, these devices cannot produce tremolo in the normal sense of the word, but can produce vibrato; while some electronic “vibrato units” used by electric guitarists generally produce a tremolo effect, rather than vibrato. See “Vibrato or Tremolo”.

Jeff Beck Guitar shop review

Jeff Beck’s “Guitar Shop” with drummer/percussionist Terry Bozzio and keyboard player Tony Hymas is a another Jeff Beck instrumental masterpiece, as Beck plays as a guitar hero in his prime should – full of fury and finesse. This album won the Grammy in 1989 for “Best Instrumental Rock” album, and it’s easy to see the reasoning, as Beck is in top-notch form throughout the album. The tremendous tandem of Hymas and Bozzio aren’t exactly slouches, either. “Guitar Shop” highlights include the songs “Big Block”, “Savoy” and the title track.