Over the past couple years when I’ve been performing solo without a band I’ve been using a classical style nylon guitar as my main instrument. Playing only with my hands I’ve been trying to incorporate finger picking patterns along with Spanish style strumming arrangements to keep the rhythm. I’ve tried to blend this with the different types of rock, folk, soul and blues I normally play.
When I first started playing and learning I used this type of guitar. And while I’ll always love the feel of my Fender Strat ripping through an amp, or the massive sound of my steel stringed Breedlove filling up a room, playing on the nylon has always felt like home to me and what I enjoy most.
I’ve been able to create a fresh take on songs I’ve covered over the years, as well as, blend a more intricate style of playing. The guitar I use is made by a company called Cordoba. They balance traditional craftsmanship with modern developments creating a warm tone and a very playable instrument. I own a Cordoba concert and baritone ukulele as well, and can’t say enough good things about them.
Cordoba is also the name of a city in Andalusia, Spain. This area is well known for their heritage of the 6 six string guitar and flamenco music.
I’m currently writing and working on new original material, in this vein of playing, which I’m excited to record and share later this year.
In the meantime, enjoy this version of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” live from Scallywags (NYC) on 6.21.17.