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Australian Guitar Vol. 128

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With a strong focus on the Australian music scene, Australian Guitar is a rich source of information on playing techniques, styles, the wide range of instruments available and all the technology that guitarists have to consider in the 21st Century.

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australian guitar digital #128

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS A VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL COGGINS Finding his niche initially in the World Music scene, Coggins went on to perform regularly with most of Sydney’s African artists, including Afro Moses (Ghana), Chris Gudu (Zimbabwe), Keyim Ba (Guinea) and Dereb Desalegn (Ethiopia), Yasmin & Fanous (Sudan), and Chosani Afrique (Senegal). Coggins is featured on more than ten albums and has regularly toured Australia with Chris Gudu and Afro Pamoja, both as a support act for visiting international artists Hugh Masekela and Jah Prayzah, and in their own right as a headline act. Since 2014, Coggins has performed more than 100 shows with award-winning jazz/rock group The Subterraneans, and more than 50 shows with Sonic Mayhem Orchestra. In 2017, with the support of the Australia Council, Coggins toured the Northern Territory with Chosani Afrique, performing…

2 min.
hail mary

How would you describe your style of guitar playing? It’s folky, jazzy, mostly fingerpicking and often sparse. It feels to me like a friend and companion to my singing, rather than a wingman. It has its own character and moods – it can be vulnerable or fierce and it can be minimal or centre-stage. The guitar I play is a three-quarter size parlour guitar and is very responsive. The subtlest change in plucking velocity or touch affects the whole tone and attitude of that moment. I have to treat it with respect, or it speaks up! That’s one of the things I love about playing it, though – using that responsiveness to emphasise different beats or notes, or suggest different emotions. What kind of equipment do you travel with these days, and what…

1 min.
2018 melbourne guitar show set to be biggest yet

The Melbourne Guitar Show, set to rock the Caulfield Racecourse on August 4th and 5th, boasts a gigantic first announcement lineup, including Albert Lee, Daniel Champagne, Jeff Lang, Nick Charles, Bob Spencer, Shannon Bourne, Fiona Boyes, James Ryan, Phil Manning, Nat Allison, Brett Kingman, Alison Ferrier, Cat Canteri, Scott Darlow, Rackett, Van Larkins, Justin Bernasconi and Rohan Stevenson, with more to be announced over the coming weeks. In addition to some killer performances from the artists on this massive lineup, the show will also hold a monster exhibition that will feature electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both homegrown and from around the world. Drawing over 5,500 guitar lovers and enthusiasts to last year’s exhibit, the Melbourne Guitar Show offers a hands-on chance to see, hear…

4 min.
from dusk to dawning

There’s something fascinating about the way DMA’s compose themselves onstage. Oasis nods are amplified by the lackadaisical gravitas that frontman Tommy O’Dell wields, axemen Johnny Took and Matt Mason jamming to their hearts’ content on either side of him. Their high-stakes Britpop flair is larger than life in every way imaginable, which makes it all the more surprising when our meeting with Took and Mason finds them in a notedly relaxed state. We’re at the cosy Lady Hampshire on the outskirts of their native Sydney, pop-punk covers of early Aughts pop tracks blaring from overhead. The three of us, Took with a seafood chowder in hand and Mason on his fifth plain tonic water, the ultimate rock’n’roll combo, huddle at a table. In a lot of ways, the iconic bar is…

4 min.
can’t get no satisfaction

Kenny Wayne Shepherd doesn’t cut any corners – as is to be expected from the outspoken blues icon as he nears his third decade in the spotlight. “I think you’ve got to aim high,” he says of his aspirations going into the studio for his most recent full-length offering, Lay It On Down. “You want to achieve greatness. 20 years into my career, my goal is to make the best album I have so far.” Despite all the albums that hit the charts at #1, all the top 10 singles, Grammy nominations and a secure spot as one of his generation’s premiere guitarists, Shepherd won’t allow himself to rest on his laurels. With previous records either paying deep tribute to his traditional blues roots or exploring his considerable skills in rock, 2017’s…

3 min.
country boy at heart

If you’ve never witnessed the great Albert Lee standing onstage, signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar in hand and playing his signature song “Country Boy”, you’re in for a hell of a treat this year. Albert looks like a quiet, unassuming chap with a slight aura of bashfulness – until he lays his hands on that guitar and instantly transforms into an all-shreddin’, all-singin’ machine. Lee’s command of the guitar is almost supernatural, like he’s able to slow down time to blast through blazingly fast, yet sweetly melodic licks that we mere mortals couldn’t even grasp. And yet in person, he goes back to being that shy, sweet guy, about to turn 75 but with no signs of slowing down any time soon, as evidenced by the fact he’ll be playing…