Jeff Beck, one of the greatest guitarists of all time, has passed away at the age of 78. He was my favourite guitar player and a pure inspiration for me. Jeff Beck was a pioneer of rock guitar, who explored various genres and styles, from blues rock to jazz fusion, from hard rock to electronica.
My favorite guitar album ever is Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop. I remember listening to it for the first time and being blown away by his virtuosity, creativity and versatility. Every track was a gem, from the funky “Big Block” to the atmospheric “Where Were You”.
Jeff Beck will be sorely missed by millions of fans around the world, who admired his talent, passion and personality. He left behind a legacy of amazing music that will live on forever. He was a true legend of rock guitar and a hero of mine.
The reason why he was so outstanding to me is beautiful written in the article “True musical virtuosos are minimalists who put roll before rock”.
Nowhere in the definition of ‘virtuoso’ is it written that you have to play a lot of notes. Undeniably, Jeff Beck was a virtuoso guitar player, but he takes all the virtue out of virtuoso when he puts himself before the song. Just because you can make your guitar sound like a video arcade doesn’t mean you should.