Hank Marvin: “Cavatina is such a beautiful tune to play. It was a very good moment for me to nail it in one take”

Hank Marvin
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Hank B. Marvin influenced a whole generation to pick up the electric guitar and put their own imprint on the instrument, on rock ’n’ roll. He influenced the greats. Players such as Brian May, Jeff Beck and Tommy Emmanuel all worshipped what Marvin did with the Shadows, which, even now, over 60 years since their debut album’s release, sounds so fresh.

Here we sit down with the man himself to talk about his first guitar, his favorite piece of gear, embarrassing moments, and for some wisdom that the next generation of guitarists can use when trying to find their own sound.

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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.