“I wish I knew more about what the hell I was doing when I’m playing”: Dave Mason has recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Wings, and inspired George Harrison to play slide guitar – and he’s done it all without “a lot of technique”

Dave Mason performs onstage
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You might know Dave Mason from such bands as Traffic, or maybe for one of the many, many sessions he has recorded with the likes of Graham Nash, Wings, and some guy called Jimi Hendrix (it was Mason playing acoustic guitar on All Along the Watchtower). Or you might know him as the George Harrison’s guitar player on the post-Beatles tour-de-force All Things Must Pass, or for his stellar solo career, from which the classic Alone Together has just been reissued.

Mason stopped by GW recently for a quick-fire Q&A, which in short order found him sharing the pain of dehydration on stage and reflecting on the possibility that it was his influence that led to Harrison picking up the guitar slide for the very first time.

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Joe Matera

Joe Matera is an Australian guitarist and music journalist who has spent the past two decades interviewing a who's who of the rock and metal world and written for Guitar World, Total Guitar, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Sound On Sound, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and many others. He is also a recording and performing musician and solo artist who has toured Europe on a regular basis and released several well-received albums including instrumental guitar rock outings through various European labels. Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has called him, "... a great guitarist who knows what an electric guitar should sound like and plays a fluid pleasing style of rock." He's the author of Backstage Pass: The Grit and the Glamour.