“The most talented lampshade I ever heard”

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3 Responses to “The most talented lampshade I ever heard”

  1. Dygert says:

    Wow! Anybody who plays like that can wear whatever he/ she/ it damned well pleases

  2. Dobson is certainly the real deal — I’ve commented on him before at Craftygrass — but the funny part is that in this massively popular clip, he is taking (very competent) advantage of a delay effect. If you watch very closely you will notice that there are clearly notes sounding between the motions of his right hand; this is a delay effect set to repeat / echo each note that he actually plays, a dotted eighth note later. (The “dotted” part is what times the echo to land in between the straight eighth notes he plays.)

    The guy is truly a monster of technique, and I like his quirky sense of humor too (the kooky hats, costumes, and backgrounds on a lot of his first clips); add in to that some lovely writing, and you’ve got a fairly impressive package. Here, he may not actually be playing all those notes in real time, but his almost inhumanly metronomic timing and melodic phrasing really showcase that dotted-eighth delay in service of the overall musical idea.

    This genre of acoustic guitar music–with its roots in Michael Hedges’ groundbreaking work in the 1980s–has a number of breathtaking technicians in it. Aside from the whole lampshade or white-trash-samurai thing he does, if you like what you hear from Dobson, consider checking these guys out too:

    – Mike Dawes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYksCAhjthk
    – Antoine Dufour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu0FjmcJva8
    – Erik Mongrain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOgRKhZO4NM
    – Andy McKee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfF4QLO-L_4

  3. Joel says:

    Yeah, there’s a video where he plays that piece and explains/demonstrates the delay. Apparently he rarely uses pedals and felt it necessary to explain why he used one in that case.

To the stake with the heretic!