THE GUITARIST part
HARRISON AND THE SLIDE GUITAR
George was always learning and practicing
music. As we know, he's interested in
many different music styles.
experimented a lot with guitars. That was
already obvious in the Beatles period.
Trink, tor instance,
Original'. Recorded on November the 4th,
1965, and represented in a shortened
ANTHOLOGY 2. Here George
already experimented with several foot
pedals with different effects.
George got in contact with playing slide
guitar in 1969, when he played in the
backing band of Delaney and Bonnie.
Slide (also called bottleneck) means
playing with a small metal tube around the
finger. He had never played the guitar
way before, but still it made rum decide to
give it a try. Eventueally he did a good job.
For a recognizable point in George's
guitar work is often rus choice tor
melodious slide solos.
Through the years his slide guitar playing
became appreciated. Many friends and
fellow musicians invited George to
slide work on their records. For instance,
big names like John Lennon, Bob Dylan,
Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne
and Duane Eddy
invited George to show what he could do
on their albums.
On all his solo albums George played
several slide solos. aften they weren't fast
and creaky, but pure and melodious.
George often used the Fender Stratocaster
for his slide work, like on a very recent
Beatles number, 'Free As A Bird'.
Actually, Paul McCartney has never been
too impressed by George's slide playing.
From Paul we know that he likes a little
more solid slide work, instead of George's
pure and melodious style.
So during the
making of 'Free As A Bird' Paul was a little
insecure about George's slide part. But
Paul thinks so
too) was sublime. George had energy
of his toes while a somewhat
George surely is an
guitarist and musician. Rhythm
solo's, slide work, sitar, etc. George
problem with any of it.
isn't really known as being a live
that he plays miserably during
performing. Through the years we
have come to
know George as being
Not at all! He
have peace around his own
just wants to be a human
you disagree with him? Still,
appeared on stage quite a lot
career. Of course I can't
all of his career as far as live
are concerned, but a small
list of big performances
the 1st, 1971
York - Madison Square Garden
behalf of Bangladesh, George played
with friends like Bob Dylan,
Clapton, Ravi Shankar,
was the big conductor of the
They went down in history as
of the biggest
Actually the precursor of
The concerts were filmed and
times. A triple LP box
and a double
CD set exist as well: the LP
STCX 3385, CD-2 Epic 468835
Music), and for a short while it was
on sale on
the 2nd, 1974 -December
American Tour (USA and
this period George did fortyfour
the USA and Canada to
(then to be released) album
HORSE on December the 20th,
this period during the concerts
to put up with some
from the press and even fans.
expected George to be the Beatle,
Sun', 'While My Guitar Gently
'Taxman'. George chose for
through his friend
Shankar, soul sounds through friend,
singer Billy Preston and
his deep respect for Hare
went his own way during this tour.
music was not bad, the
didn't get spoiled with real
fact that George's voice was
very bad and
hoarse from a1 his studio
before the tour.
on the 1974 North American Tour:
that every time at least ten people
will say at
the end of a show it
But I also know that there were
more than a
hundred who, when you ask
"Did you get what you wanted?", will
got a lot more than we ever dared
for". People expect so much. If you
is one big
if you expect too much you
disappointed. I don't let anyone
down. Why do
people want Beatle George?
not saying that's what I am. Ghandi
should choose and create an
like. You should hold on to that
and maintain it. The image I chose
never the one of Beatle George.
should I live in the past? You should
be in the
presence, whether you like me
or not. This
is me!", says a fanatic, and a
right George in 1974.