Roy Buchanan is one of my favorites, dating back to the Jimi Hendrix era, Roy may have taught Jimi one or two things. Think so? Listen and let me know.
Roy Buchanan (September 23, 1939 – August 14, 1988) was an American guitarist and blues man. He is noted pioneering the use of note bending, volume swells, staccato runs, and the introduction of pinch harmonics Buchanan was a pioneer of the Telecaster sound.
Buchanan used a number of guitars throughout his career, although he was most often associated with a 1953 Telecaster guitar, which he used to produce his trebly signature tone. Rarely did Buchanan utilize ‘stomp boxes’ although later live performances utilized a digital delay. The ‘sound’ of Buchanan is essentially a Telecaster to an overdriven Fender amp on 10.
Buchanan taught himself many guitar styles, including the ‘chicken pickin’ style. He sometimes used his thumb nail rather than a plectrum and also employed it to augment his index finger and plectrum. Holding his thumb at a certain angle, Buchanan was able to hit the string and then partially mute it, suppressing lower overtones and exposing the harmonics, a technique now known as ‘pinch harmonics’. Buchanan had the ability to execute pinch harmonics on command, and could mute individual strings with free right-hand fingers while picking or pinching others.
Having first trained as a lap steel guitarist, Buchanan would often imitate its effect and bend strings to the required pitch, rather than starting on the desired note. This was particularly notable in his approach to using double and triple stops. Staccato hammer-on/offs and volume/tone knob sound effects were also used by Buchanan.
Quite simply Roy Buchanan was one of the greatest players ever and pioneers of guitar techniques normally associated with the elite of players. Check him out, you won’t be disappointed.