Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stanley Jordan: Stairway To Heaven

The song “Stairway to Heaven” is one of those songs that purists hate to see anyone else record. Since Led Zeppelin attained perfection with this song from their 1972 fourth album, no one else dare need to try. I felt that way until I heard Stanley Jordan’s version of this Led Zep classic.

His two handed technique is outstanding. I cannot fathom how Jordon two handed taps on one guitar, but to do this on a second guitar without missing a beat – sheer genius.

In case you are wondering, his main guitar in this video is a Vigier Arpege. His second axe is a Travis Bean with an aluminum neck. He also tunes his guitars in all fourths E-A-D-G-C-F so that his figuring can remain consistent across the neck. All I can say is “wow!!!”

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