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Five Inspiring Jazz Fingerstyle Guitar Performances

Need a little inspiration to perk up your daily practice? Check out these incredible performances by fingerstyle guitar legends and they share what they do best. You’ll find each performance stunningly unique. We hope they inspire you to dig a little deeper as you work toward fingerstyle mastery!

Martin Taylor – “I Got Music”


Multi award winning British guitarist and composer Martin Taylor is an internationally acclaimed musician. His inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world's foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. Here he exhibits both left and right hand excellence! Martin teaches our fingerstyle jazz guitar class here at ArtistWorks. You can try a lesson with him for free now!


Lawrence Juber – “All of Me”


Hailing from Britain, Lawrence Juber is known for his acoustic fingerstyle guitar prowess. He fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles into simply stunning renditions of familiar but evolved songs. Here he slays the classic “All of Me,” starting off simply and building up to a whirlwind of blazing fingerstyle technique.


Tuck Andress – “Man in the Mirror”


One half of the well-known duo Tuck & Patti, guitarist William Charles "Tuck" Andress has been dazzling audiences for over 40 years. His detailed, interpretive jazz style and precise technique leave audiences stunned. Here he digs into Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” delivering an energetic fingerstyle extravaganza! 


Joe Pass – “Ain’t Misbehavin’”


Here’s a classic. Joe Pass is legendary for his intuitive and expressive guitar playing. Here he tackles the classic “Ain’t Misbehavin,’” injecting his own personal style. Pass was a fingerstyle pioneer, creating new jazz chord progressions and melody combinations and counterpoints that spun from his fingertips with a unique flair. 


George Van Eps - “What’s New”


An American swing and jazz guitarist, George Van Eps started out playing banjo at age 11. Lucky for us he switched to guitar. He’s well known as the inventor of the seven-string guitar and you’ll notice him playing one in this video. This extra bass string allowed him to play bass lines below his chord voicings, and he called this technique “lap piano.” His influential career spanned over 60 years!

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