Roy Buchanan performs Roy's Bluz (live at Austin City Limits 1976). 🎸📺
Roy Buchanan is one of those absolute talented guitarists who, however, sometimes are not remembered too well. Roy worked both as a sessionman and as a soloist. His career took a turn in 1971 after, thanks to a television documentary dedicated to him, entitled "Introducing Roy Buchanan" and sometimes erroneously called "The best guitarist unknown in the world", he got a record contract with Polydor Records and the praise of John Lennon and Merle Haggard, in addition to an alleged invitation to join the Rolling Stones who refused and gave him the nickname "the man who turned the stones down". Buchanan used a number of guitars in his career, although he was most often associated with a 1953 Fender Telecaster nicknamed "Nancy." Buchanan taught himself various playing techniques, including "chicken picking", but he was especially credited with the invention of the pinch harmonic that is a guitar technique to achieve artificial harmonics in which the player's thumb or index finger on the picking hand slightly catches the string after it is picked,canceling (silencing) the fundamental frequency of the string, and letting one of the harmonics dominate. He played the Telecaster through a Fender Vibrolux amplifier with the volume and tone "full out," and used the guitar's volume and tone controls to control volume and sound (he achieved a wah wah effect using the tone control). To achieve his desired distorted sounds, Buchanan at one point used a razor blade to slit the paper cones of the speakers in his amp, an approach also employed by the Kinks' Dave Davies and others.
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