Brushy One String
There’s someone that I would like to introduce to you today.
Brushy One String.
“…Who is that?” you might ask.
Let me show you.
He’s a one-string guitarist from rural Jamaica.
Check out the video below of Brushy’s playing in all his glory.
Then, read the rest of this article.
Seriously – how cool is that video.
But after having watched this, you might be asking…
“Greg – why did you show me this? After all, it’s not even jazz. Your website is supposed to be all about jazz guitar – right?”
I’m showing this to you today because I think Brushy’s playing actually contains the essence of jazz, even though technically he’s not even playing the style.
As you may have noticed, Brushy only plays a one-string guitar – and only a few notes on that one string at that.
But – the rhythm and energy in the music, that elusive feel that we are all searching for…
This is what Brushy has in spades.
So much of the time, aspiring jazz guitarists get wrapped up in all the tricky scales, the clever substitutions, and spend hours practicing arpeggios up and down.
There’s something seriously missing in only focussing on those things though.
In Wes Montgomery’s words: “Regardless of what you play, the biggest thing is keeping the feel going.”
Brushy, you taught me a great deal watching you today.
Let me know what you thought about this video by leaving a comment below.
Founder, Fret Dojo
World Leader in Online Jazz Guitar Education