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Doyle Dykes "Wowed" Us in Columbus

Many thanks to the Taylor Guitar Company for sponsoring the Doyle Dykes Workshop here in the Columbus area last night.  He is a brilliant guitarist and a must to see for any "practicing" guitar player when he comes to your part of the country.  Unfortunately, the hosting guitar store held it at a neighboring mini-sports bar which was quite noisy and sometimes very disrespectful of our visiting star.  

Not all was lost, however - Mr. Dykes likes to play LOUD.  Too, loud for my tastes, actually - but, that minor annoyance was soon overridden by his incredible genius in playing his very custom Taylor.  Fast, clean, musical, personable - did I mention FAST...  Even when he got to my Chet pickin' he played everything 3 times as fast as I can even think - let alone play.  

All his tunes, whether ones he wrote or those he "borrowed" were filled with complex moving chord and bass line structures that boggled this novice's mind.  (And, I'm sure of the host of "pros" that had come to witness one of the pinnacles of their industry .)   I especially liked (went nuts, actually) when he was playing a tune with a (please excuse my spelling) Rasquado tremolo technique on the high E string (that many expert players use their 1st through 3rd fingers on) - however, he needed to do it with his last 3 fingers because he was playing his melody with harmonics with his first two....  The tremolo is difficult enough - but, to add harmonic melodies on top of it is over the top.....  The guy is from another planet....

Great mini-concert (well worth the price - FREE), however, the highlight of the evening for me was when he put down his custom electrified Taylor and found that one of the other "store" Taylor's he was going to demonstrate was a dreadnought and didn't have any electronics..  So, he pulled up to the mic and played a short list of OLD CHET, soft, and right up closeAnd, as well as I ever heard anybody play them...  Thanks Doyle for a very memorable evening.

Palmer Moore