“We could hear Jeff playing right through the wall… I’d never heard anything like it”: Melvins’ Buzz Osborne once secretly listened to Jeff Beck’s warm-up routine – and it blew him away

Buzz Osborne and Jeff Beck
(Image credit: Frank Hoensch/Redferns / R. Diamond/Getty Images)

Jeff Beck’s chops are the stuff of electric guitar legend. A once-in-a-lifetime tonal touch, defined by his trademark fingerstyle approach, as well as a highly lyrical grasp on melody and phrasing, are just some of the characteristics of the late Stratocaster master’s playing style.

Of course, the vast majority of listeners who bore witness to Beck’s generational rhythmic and soloing skills did so either through stage appearances or via record. As such, few people were made privy to the sorts of behind-closed-doors noodlings and warm-up drills that Beck practiced when out of the public eye.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.

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