Next AFG Meeting in January 2015
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AFG's Del Casher interviewed by KPCC's Offramp Radio: Del invented the wah-wah pedal and changed Rock and Roll history
Del Casher's original prototype wah-wah pedal. He keeps it in a bright red case.
Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison — none of them would sound quite like they do without Del Casher.
In the mid-'60s, Casher helped develop a device he envisioned as the new voice of the guitar.
He called it the wah-wah pedal ...
Now in his 70s, the pedal's inventor runs a studio in Burbank and still writes and performs. But before Casher came to California, he was an Indiana kid fascinated with musicians like Django Reinhardt and Les Paul... read the full article and listen to interview by KPCC
Previous Meeting October 4, 2014, featuring Master Jazz Guitarist Ron Eschete
Ron Escheté (pronounced ESH-tay) is the consummate master of the seven-string guitar.
Whether he is playing bebop, ballads or blues he is a musically sophisticated guitarist
who plays with grace and dignity. "Escheté is one of the finest jazz guitarists
in L.A. – no small achievement in a region dense with superb players," says Jim Ferguson
of JazzTimes. His deft and nimble fingers paint a spectrum of sound so rich that his chord
voicing selections are often compared with those of a pianist. 20th Century Guitar likens
his sound to that of the great Bill Evans.
Escheté has appeared on the Tonight Show with Diana Krall, the Merv Griffin Show with the Mort Lindsey Orchestra,vthe Mike Douglas Show with Buddy Greco. He has played nearly every notable jazz venue in the southern California including the Catalina Bar and Grill, The Jazz Bakery, Steamers, Donte's, Carmeloís, the Parisian Room and the Lighthouse. He has toured extensively and has played major venues from New York to San Francisco.
Previous Meeting on June 21, 2014 at the Fret House
AFG Music director Donovan Raitt taught us the popular Chet Atkin's fingerstyle tune "Windy & Warm." Donovan also be performed a few of his progressive fingerstyle guitar compositions taken from his newly released CD "Pursuing the Horizon"
Previous AFG Meeting March 29, 2014 - Antoine Dufour at Fullerton Music
Antoine Dufour has emerged as a young star of fingerstyle acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for
innovation and creativity. Antoine has toured across Canada and the UK and toured several times in USA with other artists
such as Don Ross and Andy McKee. Antoine won the first place at the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Championships, placed third at the internatonal
fingerpicking championships at Winfield (USA), has held seminars, workshops and masterclasses as part of
his tour schedule. In addition, Antoine has performed at major festivals such as The Montreal International
"Dufour has subtle and effortless way of transitioning his compositions in just a few short seconds from energetic and uplifting to a soulful warm nostalgia. While melodic and accessible to any listener, his music is at the same time extremely complex both texturally and harmonically. Dufour is clearly a musician who deeply understands the nature of the guitar.” © Timothy Smith Minor 7th webzine
Previous AFG Meeting Oct. 13, 2013-Concert and Jams
Sunday, October 13th, 2013 12:00 noon to 5:00pm Museum of Music Making (NAMM Facility) 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Donation: $15 for the full day.
AFG hosted a fun filled educational and entertaining afternoon! We gathered at noon and hosted an open mic guitar circle beginning at 1:00pm for Beginners to Masters. Special guests included AFG members (pictured) Ric Ickard and his 12 year old protege, Sam Victoria and Jeff Linsky, who sat in with Ric and our featured guests, Tim and Myles. Guitar wah-wah pedal inventor and guitarist Del Casher also visited with Tim and the rest of the afg gang. At 3:00 the AFG Main Event concert featured Tim and Myles Thompson. Tim is a National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and his son Myles is a virtuoso violin player. Bonus: the Museum of Music Making was open for free tours from 11:00am to 5:00pm.Click this text to download flyer.