I did it because my favorite
players play like that. Hank
Garland, he had a very staccato-y sound. It made it sound
more forceful [scats staccato-ish
phrase]. It was like, “Wow, it’s
like the notes are dancing in
front of me!” I don’t have a lot
of pressure in my left hand, I
never did. I think it came from
playing cheap guitars where the
winding would come undone
on the strings and it would cut
my fingers. So I stopped pressing hard. I play very light in my
left hand. Django, in order to
get the vibrato, had to have a
lot of pressure in his left hand.
Pat Martino has a lot of pressure in his left hand.
Photo by John Darwin Kurc
You hold your pick at an
unconventional angle. Is there
an advantage to that?
There are advantages and disadvantages to every technique