Thursday, July 26, 2012

All About The Hands...

I am not a musician. Sure, you might have seen that picture taken in my parents den during a band practice during high school, but I was not very good and eventually decided to play the "wheels of steel"* as a substitute for my lack of musical skills.

During my college years I worked for the local music promoter, so had the opportunity to see many shows, up close and personal. Even though I went to a school famous the world over for its School Of Photography,** I did not own a camera.

When I did have a camera, life blocked me from many shows and when I did go, the seats were up yonder...wayyyy back there.

So, now with a good rig and the opportunity to see so many great musicians in intimate settings, I have taken to photographing many of them.

I guess, since I could not master the guitar or bass, I have always been drawn to THE HANDS.

Enjoy as I share the hands of some well-known and some lesser known guitarists and is all about THE HANDS! (all photos go biggie by clicking)

BB - Had a small camera, so not the best
But, had to include
Bluesville, Tunica MS

 Annie Fitzgerald
Coffee shop in Memphis

 The late, great Donald "Duck" Dunn
King Biscuit 2011

John Paul Keith - John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives
Center For Southern Folklore Festival 2010

 Josh Roberts - Reba Russell Band
King Biscuit 2010

 Michael Carvale - Davina & The Vagabonds
Rum Boogie Cafe - Beale Street

Michael Burks - Gone Too Soon
King Biscuit 2010

 Steve Cropper
King Biscuit 2011

 Buddy Guy
BMA's 2011

Taj Mahal
King Biscuit 2011

 Keith Sykes
Levitt Shell, Memphis 2011

 Leo Goff playing signature upright Bass
Levitt Shell, Memphis 2011

Todd Edmunds
Handy Hall - Beale Street

* - turntables, I worked as a DJ throughout college and beyond and also as a wedding DJ...hey, it paid pretty darn well.

**- Rochester Institute Of Technology.  My degree does not even exist any longer.  It was BS Print Management.  They now call it BS Imaging Arts & Sciences...the times they do change!


Mimi Lenox said...

String players fascinate me. It is soooo difficult. I tried to learn guitar a few years ago and I was such a chicken with the finger pain that I gave up.

Great shots of the hands. Loved this!

Travis Cody said...

I gave the guitar about an hour's worth of practice when I was in 6th grade. The pain in my fingertips from trying to make the chords just wasn't worth it.

I do regret not trying piano, but practicing that would have severely cut into my football time.

Desert Songbird said...

I have the hands to play the guitar; unfortunately, I do not have the brain to play it. I'm guitarded.