Frank Vignola is one of the most accomplished players performing today.
(from www.dawgnet.com) Frank Vignola is considered by many to be among the top ranked guitarists on the music scene today.
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Born in 1957 in a South Philadelphia neighborhood filled with a history of jazz guitarists that starts with 1920’s legend Eddie Lang continuing through to today’s jazz guitar legend Pat Martino, Johnnie studied privately as a young man with Dennis Sandole, Joe Sgro and Pat Martino.
George Van Eps is credited with creating the first 7 string "jazz" guitar". At one time Gretsch had a George Van Eps model 6 and 7 string production guitar.
George Van Eps created the first 7-string jazz guitar in 1938. He took his beloved Epiphone guitar to the Epiphone factory in New York and had the neck, tailpiece, and bridge replaced to accommodate an extra string, a low A tuned a perfect fifth below the low E string. Thus the seventh string did not alter the standard tuning of the instrument but enhanced it by adding the rich tones of the bass register. The 7th string opened up many opportunities for building walking bass lines while simultaneously comping chords. It also expanded the range of the instrument giving George a richer, fuller sound when playing solo guitar. Van Eps called it his "lap piano".
Here is a link the George Van Eps iTunes music.As a 7 string jazz guitarist I have a web page dedicated to the 7 string guitar.
Ted Vieira is the creator and maintainer of the OmniGuitar.com website
Site in Italian and English. Very nice site.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (AP) — Al Viola, a guitarist who worked with Frank Sinatra for 25 years and also played the mandolin on the “Godfather” soundtrack, died on Wednesday at his home in Studio City. He was 87.
Al Viola started music early. “I was the youngest child from a big Italian family and we had all kinds of instruments at the house including guitars, mandolins and an upright player piano. My brother, who played mandolin, needed someone to accompany him so he taught me a few chords on guitar to play behind him". Al teamed up with a violinist friend of his who admired Joe Venuti. They used to play duets like Venuti and Eddie Lang around the neighborhood in Brooklyn, performing at Chinese restaurants. "My mother thought I was robbing the bank because I was bringing home twenty-two dollars a week during the depression!”
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