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Hole Notes with Dale Turner: The Fingerstyle Techniques of Eclectic Virtuoso Adrian Legg

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What happens when you stew an über-eclectic mix of folk, country, jazz, rock, Celtic and classical influences in a pot overflowing with tuning-peg tricks, partial and/or multiple capos, pedal steel–like bends and myriad fingerstyle techniques?

You get Adrian Legg, a guitar master who has been releasing solo albums (including a pair on Steve Vai’s Favored Nations label) and instructional videos and touring the globe since the Seventies.

Virtuoso shredder Joe Satriani has described Legg as “simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard,” and he would know—Legg joined Satch, Vai and Eric Johnson on 1996’s inaugural G3 tour as a show-opening solo act.

As evidenced by Legg’s latest album, The Very Best of Adrian Legg, such praise has been well earned. This month, I'd like to honor the innovative guitarist’s efforts with a look at some of his crafty fingerpicking techniques.

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A singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/film composer, Musician's Institute instructor, and author of 50+ transcription/instructional books, Dale Turner is also Guitar World's "Hole Notes"/"Acoustic Nation" columnist, and the former West Coast Editor of Guitar One magazine. Some of Dale’s old, weird, rare, and/or exotic instruments are featured in his score for WEEDS, the first animated short completed within the Filmmakers Co-op at Disney Feature Animation. His most recent CD, Mannerisms Magnified, was praised by Guitar Player magazine for its "Smart pop tunes that are crammed with interesting guitar parts and tones ... Like what the Beach Boys might do if they were on an acid trip that was on the verge of getting out of control. Yeah!"