Gordon Giltrap, the ambasssador of http://www.guitarpracticedperfectly.com Software, Interviews Justin Sandercoe about his life as a guitarist, and they play one of Gordon's songs together. Here is some of what is said;One, two, three, and. Cool. Put 'er there, buddy. Lots of fun. Hey, great. Listen, I'm here today with Justin Sandercoe and just jamming away here you see and it's great. Justin, it's a joy to be here, a joy to actually hear you play and listen to this beautiful, mid to late 60's Telecaster. Aye! All original, I bet it's your pride and joy, this guitar, isn't it?
Yeah, It's my favorite at the moment. I do like Telecasters. There's something, to me a Telecaster is virtually an acoustic player's electric. To me. I don't know what it is. It's a blank canvas, you know? Yeah. It just does it. They're pretty versatile. I think so. I just love them. That's my favorite thing about them.
They can go real sharp and bright and country or real round and jazzy, depending on what mood you're in, you know? Well, listen, you do anything with it. When you work for Jimmy Page, with Zeppelin, with all that that stuff. Absolutely, yeah. It's a very powerful tool and of course that is a very sweet sounding one.
I want to have a chat with you about when did you first start playing guitar? What age were you? I was apparently six when I started, but I don't really know. I played before I can remember so my earliest memories were all guitar related, but like yourself I started with a uke, a plastic uke. You didn't tell me that earlier!
How cool is that? So, yeah, I started with a plastic uke and then my grandmother bought me a classical guitar when I was about 8 or 9, and then I was practicing a lot. So, eventually my dad did a deal with me where he'd kind of double whatever money I could save for an electric guitar. So, I did a paper round and stuff and saved up my pennies and did a few guitar lessons to local kids in my street and eventually got an Aria Pro 2 Stagecaster electric guitar, a strat copy, and a terrible gorilla amplifier and started a little band.
And by the time I was twelve, we were kind of gigging in all of the working man's clubs, kind of RSL clubs in Australia retired soldiers leagues kind of things playing, you know, ACDC and Chuck Berry and that sort. What would you say was your first major guitar influence, because we've all got them, you've got kind of a seminal period in your life where you think, oh yeah, that's when I heard that guy, that's what changed it. It was probably the Stones, Keith and Brian and that because my. The music I was first attracted to I guess was kind of Chuck Berry sort of style.
But, pretty quickly my mom introduced me to the rold gold double album Stones thing and that was the one where I really first started trying to work out that stuff. I remember saying to my dad, oh, can I have some guitar lessons because I want learn how to play this. So he said well, you've got the record just listen to it a lot and figure it out. And, my dad's not a musician but he nailed it. That's the way you learn the stuff, and I'm kinda glad he did that. So, I've still got that record all scratched to pieces with dropping the needle on and off.
So, you did that as well? I did that. I think the great way of learning that way is it develops your ear, because a lot of the time you're gonna get it wrong. The first time I really did that was with Burt Jansch and Burt's very first album, and I still have that first album. You know, dropping the needle and slowing it down to the slowest speed.
all the completely wrong positions. He's playing up here and I'm playing. But what it does, I still think it's a great way of doing it. It develops the ear. It's the best way of doing it I think, you know, yeah. Even though we have the Internet, even though we have tablature, we have all these incredible aides to help guitar players get good quickly and play things correctly, you still think that's still the best way?
Yeah. That's fantastic. All of the great guitar players that we like or learn that way. So Jimmy Hendrix definitely didn't use MX tabs to figure out how to play Albert King licks. Music's a language and if you're gonna learn a language would you want to do it by speaking the language? There's no good trying to learn French from a book.
The best way to learn to speak French is to go to France. Undoubtedly. So, musically it's the same thing. I'm really surprised to hear this from you honestly, because you're of that younger generation to me, everybody is younger than me of course. It's great to hear that. It's almost like a primeval way of learning, slowing it down.