Hole Notes: The Pick-Style Nylon-String Work of Iconic Axman Willie Nelson
These videos are bonus content related to the January 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.
With a career spanning more than half a century, country music superstar Willie Nelson has had his share of highs and lows—from penning timeless classics like “Crazy” (as popularized by Patsy Cline) and relishing his reputation as a pothead (the Legalize It advocate is also the founder of the Teapot Party) to nearly losing his assets to the IRS in the early Nineties.
Since 1969, his trusty guitar—a weather-beaten, battle-scarred Martin N-20 nylon-string classical, nicknamed Trigger—has remained by his side, becoming part of Nelson’s sonic signature, as characteristic as the man’s distinctively nasal singing voice.
Nelson was influenced by western-swing artists like Hank Williams and Bob Wills as well as swing-jazz geniuses Louis Armstrong and, his favorite guitarist, Django Reinhardt (he plays Django’s “Nuages” at almost every concert).
You Might Also Like...
3 hours 15 min ago
D’Addario and Rolling Stone Seek the Next Generation of Guitar Heroes with “The Next Young Gun” Contest5 hours 39 min ago
6 hours 11 min ago
6 hours 28 min ago
7 hours 13 min ago
7 hours 34 min ago
9 hours 25 min ago