George Benson took the Pop Music world by storm back in the Eighties with his record George Benson So This Is Love. The song Breezin was a huge crossover hit making radio stations across the pop spectrum. He has many Grammy awards.
Breezin caused me to buy the Album by George Benson So This Is Love. I found him to be an extraordinarily talented guitar player. Soon I was taking Jazz Guitar Lessons from a KC Jazz Player named Steve Cardenas.
I wanted to add some clean toneful aspects I head in Benson’s playing to my own. I’d graduated from the Pop Blues/ Rock/Power Trio genre and had started playing acoustic and much more toned down type of theme as a guitarist.
I learned modes from Steve and added some of that more Jazz oriented playing to my repertoire. This helped to make me less of a Pentatonic limited to blues player. This should have been done years before.
I also begun to learn notes on the guitar have more value than speed and feeling, they also have tone. Fifty, One Hundred or Two Hundred Watt Marshall Amplifiers with a Stratocaster does produce a certain tone but it is not always pleasant.
Though I miss those days playing like we meant it. Most people don’t listen to that type of music anymore. Every once in a while I still do but only a few songs and then I’m back to my choices these days.
I’d been lost and then found as the song says. Now I was playing music for an entirely different reason. So the words needed to be understood and the playing less over powering.
I’d gotten into Phil Keaggy for a while but was distressed by the number of Christian players trying to emulate him. I wasn’t interested in trying to sound like anybody else much less everybody else.
So I was doing a lot of listening in those days. Stanley Clark had done a duo with Roy Buchanan and through that I read a Guitar Player magazine article and started listening to Chet Atkins some. Awesome guitar player. But I could not find a sound for me in all of that.
GEORGE BENSON IS ALIVE
By the way I wanted to dispel here once again the hoax on the internet:
Internet nonsense dispelled:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (July 28, 2020), our beloved guitarist George Benson passed away. George Benson was born on March 22, 1943, in Pittsburgh. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
George Benson Death Hoax Dismissed Since Guitarist Is ‘Alive And Well’
On Wednesday (July 29) the guitarist’s reps officially confirmed that George Benson is not dead. “He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet,” they said.”
New Sound With A Friend
So, wanting a new sound, I bought a Yamaha SA 2000 hollow body guitar. I was getting together with a friend who was maybe 5 years older than me and playing guitar. He knew things like Green Onions by Booker T and MGs and Walk Don’t Run by the Ventures,
He had gotten back into playing guitar after years away from it after I showed up at a friend’s party with a Martin Classical guitar. I went to his house one day and he had an Ibanez Guitar he’d bought. He had a small practice amp he was playing.
I told him about a Polytone I’d heard the day before at Irish Music in Overland Park. He said, “Lets go I want to hear it.” So we got in his car and went to the store and he bought the Polytone. So for a couple of years we played together fairly often. His wife would fix lunch or dinner for us and his daughter loved the music.
I had gotten the touch and the tone down nicely and one time he said to me, “Man you are so smooth in your lead playing.” He was right. I’d spent a few years listening to people who played that way and emulated some of their technique adding it to my shtick.
But enough Auto- Biographical background here. My goal is to introduce my readers to the great jazz guitar player. George Benson is an awesome guitar man who plays great jazz guitar and also had enough pop music in him to couple the two for a very successful music career to include hit records in the Pop and Jazz genres and 23 Grammy awards. That is quite a resume.
Hit Records From A Legend
Here is his own re-creation of On Broadway, George Benson live, at The Village Underground, in New York City. And no, I was never that good or even close and never will be. This man is one of the greatest guitar players of all time. Every bit as good as Jimi Hendrix or Duane Allman or Phil Keaggy.
George Benson. Looking Happy
Here is another sample of Goerge Benson, having fun with people while launching a New Ibanez Beorge Benson LGB300-VYS Model in 2012. Toward the end he discusses reading music. Great Jazz players read. Go up to the top and hit the zZounds logo and then search Fender Play if you want a great guitar course to learn to read music and learn Jazz Guitar. If I had it to do over again I would learn music as well as guitar.
Three Ibanez George Benson Models available these days are the GB10EM, the GB10SE and the LGB30-VYS.
George Benson Live At The Village Underground
The guitar he played there at The Village Underground in the first video is an Ibanez guitar often used by Heavy Metal players. But Go Here to see the Geroge Benson Model Ibanez Guitars. The Jazz guitar is much more soothing than most other types of music and these guitars produce an entirely different tone compared to solid body guitars.
I wanted very much to introduce players to this great music form and this awesome guitar player and gentleman. The great George Benson.
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