Greg Merkle | Big Guitar

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Big Guitar

by Greg Merkle

Intricate yet simple and unpredictable music for the solo guitar.
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 61 Wiggins Street
4:01 album only
2. Santa Cruz
4:43 album only
3. Harrison St. Bridge
6:00 album only
4. Two Simple Things (Live)
6:06 album only
5. Big Spot Brother
3:25 album only
6. Portly Manor
3:41 album only
7. Victim of Technocracy
3:47 album only


Album Notes
Greg Merkle is a guitar virtuoso who performs his own
remarkable compositions. His dizzying finger-tapping style is
intricately technical yet intrinsically beautiful. Greg enjoys a cult-like
following in his native New Jersey, and has also opened for
musicians like Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., Iris Dement and
Johnny Cash.



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jonathan hill

big guitar
i was excited to discover GREG MYRKLE- there seems to be a real explosion of great "RYTHMN / TAP / FINGERSTYLE" guitarists ; ORIGINALITY IS RARE ! sure HEDGES AND REED pioneered radical technique , but it is amazing to find more innovators- I THINK GREG SWINGS BETTER THAN ANY OF THEM! HE HAS A SERIOUSLY FUNKY SIDE and when you SEE HIS HANDS they do some very cool stuff!! he is melodic too- hope to hear and see more of this newcomer-he deserves to succeed.


Solo Guitar Music That's Dynamic, Interesting, and Innovative
While artists like Andy Mckee seem to be having a small amount of general commercial success with their unique style of guitar tapping, and have subsequently have an entire subgenre of lackluster, wanky imitators, Greg Merkle has been been plugging away quietly in the background creating his own unique approach to the guitar that only a seasoned veteran to the finger tapping style can do.

Where these compositions excel is their pure emotive quality. There is not a second on this disc that makes you wonder what his next "trick" will be - rather, the songs compositions ebb and flow seamlessly in an organic manner that makes the listener want to know what happens next, like any good story.

The guitar work on display here is not meant to dazzle you. It is just a medium, like oil paint. However, it would be a gross understatement to not touch on the technical prowess of this guitarist. There are moments on this CD where you would swear there are three people playing, or a multitrack, or some other kind of ... trickery going on.

But there isn't. This is just a guy and his guitar. And the guitar is really good at getting the guitar to talk in all sorts of ways.

Buy this CD and find out what real, raw, emotional solo acoustic guitar can sound like. I can't think of any better representation of the genre than Greg Merkle.