Show-stopping techniques you can learn from Paco de Lucia, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin

Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia
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Friday Night In San Francisco is a legendary instrumental guitar album featuring a guitar trio of American picking tornado Al Di Meola, fingerstyle flamenco titan Paco De Lucia and jazz-fusion superstar John McLaughlin. 

Recorded at The Warfield Theatre on 5th December 1980, the premise was remarkably simple, with just three acoustic guitars performing a mixture of pieces composed by all three members, and with improvisation and musical interplay to the fore. The accompanying tour was a a raging success and the album has since gone on to become considered one of the most influential guitar recordings of all time. 

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John Wheatcroft

John is Head of Guitar at BIMM London and a visiting lecturer for the University of West London (London College of Music) and Chester University. He's performed with artists including Billy Cobham (Miles Davis), John Williams, Frank Gambale (Chick Corea) and Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), and toured the world with John Jorgenson and Carl Palmer.