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October 25, 2010 12:09 AM   Subscribe

Young guitarist Graham Stookey plays "Jonah, an original composition. (via Reddit)
posted by Rory Marinich (27 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Absolutely awesome. This is exactly what I needed after a 5 hour RAID rebuild.
posted by odinsdream at 12:29 AM on October 25, 2010


That was a lot better than I had been expecting. Thank you. :)
posted by bardophile at 12:36 AM on October 25, 2010




(wow)
posted by victors at 12:50 AM on October 25, 2010


bardophile said it.
posted by FidelDonson at 4:28 AM on October 25, 2010


Dead soldiers on the wall behind him...heh. Nice playing and the first comment is spot on.
posted by sfts2 at 4:35 AM on October 25, 2010


guitar skills, vocal and lyrical wankery.
posted by entropone at 5:25 AM on October 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


yeah - not to poo on it, but besides some impressive guitar chops and a technically decent voice, there's not much there emotionally or in the song-writing dept. seems like a watered-down john mayer; breathy and disposable. that said, if I was 15 and my friend sat down and played this for me in the living room, i would be blown away and probably post it on youtube too.
posted by lukievan at 5:36 AM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


OK, kid, that's cute. Here's Adam Fulara. The end.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:10 AM on October 25, 2010


It's a good start. He's in a real good place for his age; I hope he continues to expand and add depth to his music. I'd like to hear him do something with a little less hammer-on noodling to be honest.
posted by Mister_A at 6:23 AM on October 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


Miles would say, "This kid plays too many notes." To each his own, though, and good luck to the young singer -songwriter.
posted by Mister_A at 6:28 AM on October 25, 2010


OK, kid, that's cute. Here's Adam Fulara. The end.

Holy Shit. Okay, Civil, can you explain to me what the hell is going on in that video? I'm a passable pianist who knows nothing about stringed instruments. How do you make a guitar do that?
posted by The Bellman at 7:58 AM on October 25, 2010


The Bellman: turn an electric guitar up and all you have to do is tap. Once you've done that, it's a lot like piano, actually: tuned finger-percussion.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:09 AM on October 25, 2010


The kid is an awful lot younger than Adam Fulara. Also, he's not playing on an electric guitar. Fulara's technique seems to me like it would be impossible on an acoustic guitar, but I'm not entirely sure. That said, of course the Fulara video is amazing.
posted by bardophile at 8:16 AM on October 25, 2010


He probably gets a few chicks with that; maybe a slot on the Today Show.
posted by rotifer at 8:21 AM on October 25, 2010


Bah! When I was 15 I was composing symphonies. Symphonies, I tell you!


All joking aside his technique is impressive and his artistry will soon follow, I'm sure. It's also really refreshing to see young people posting this kind of stuff on the tubes, instead of endless Halo 3 headshot music videos.


(Also: not 15, but when I was 16 I really did try to compose a symphony. I was taking AP Music Theory and had a copy of Cakewalk and spent nearly every waking hour writing music. I'd play it back for my parents but since all I had was the defaul midi on my soundcard and no good soundfonts my Mom would just shrug and say "sounds like a video game." Now I'm a business analyst at some anonymous software company instead of a world-famous composer IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT MOM)
posted by jnrussell at 8:30 AM on October 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


Brings to mind the fingersytle/tapping guitar technique of Danny Heines.
posted by ericb at 8:36 AM on October 25, 2010


The Bellman: See hammer-on
posted by kakarott999 at 8:49 AM on October 25, 2010


By the time Adam Fulara got round to BVW 848, he really wanted to go to the bathroom.

No, really, he's playing with your fingers - why do that stuff with his face? Follow the example of Harpo Marx, who played music and threw gookies, but not necessarily at the same time. And when he did throw gookies, it was intentional, not a rictus as the side-effect of tension.
posted by Grangousier at 9:14 AM on October 25, 2010


"playing with his fingers" not your fingers. Your fingers are fine.
posted by Grangousier at 9:21 AM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hey, GUITARFACE is an ancient, time-honored, and largely uncontrollable thing. Lay off, Gangousier.
posted by entropone at 9:36 AM on October 25, 2010


Thanks, Jason Mraz for introducing every teenager who wants to get laid for tapping on open tunings under vapid songs in falsetto.

It's been said... Good start, kid. He seems to understand what he's doing at and once aping "chick-folk," booze-as-decor, and hanging out with guys who say "sick" stops being a priority I bet he'll put it to good use.
posted by cmoj at 9:51 AM on October 25, 2010


Then there's Adam Fulara's Maple Leaf Rag. On a double-necked guitar.
posted by msalt at 10:17 AM on October 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


yeah - not to poo on it, .... [then, poo]

dad?

that said, if I was 15 and my friend sat down and played this for me in the living room, i would be blown away and probably post it on youtube too.

well, I'm 52, a stranger to this kid, a music conservatory grad, been playing guitar for nearly 40 years and not so petty as to deny this kid his due and sufficiently over myself to recognize talent and the work he's put into this piece and his music to reiterate my heartfelt: wow. The fact that he's cute and comes off charming is well, fucking charming.
posted by victors at 12:25 PM on October 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


I have to send a shout out to a local hero, famed for his extraordinary tapping skills:
Ben Lacy
posted by eclectist at 4:55 PM on October 25, 2010


Mucking around in open tuning >>>>>>>>> moaning into Auto Tune
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 5:41 PM on October 25, 2010


I'm going to have to agree with everybody that's underwhelmed by this video. The true test of the song is to pretend that you don't know that he's a cute 15-year-old kid. The song itself is pretty horrible.
posted by Cpt. The Mango at 8:03 PM on October 25, 2010


He's good. This proves that there are plenty of talented kids on YouTube, many of them a lot better than J_____ B_____. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time and got seen by the right person.
posted by mike3k at 9:22 PM on October 25, 2010


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