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Will Fly
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  • United Kingdom
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Hi - and welcome to my home page in the Acoustic Guitar Community. You'll find some videos and audio files here - and you can get more information about me from my website: Will Fly's Website.

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging and/or professional musician, Music teacher
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Mandolin, Banjo
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Martin XC1T electro-acoustic cutaway with Fishman Ellipse
Larrivée OM-03RE acoustic with L.R. Baggs
'87 G&L ASAT solid electric
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
Folk, blues, jazz, traditional.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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At 5:39pm on April 15, 2011, Doc Rogers said…
Hope ya do. Be well and play lots!
At 8:00pm on April 13, 2011, Doc Rogers said…
Hey Will. Really miss you over on the Magazine Reader's Forum. I ran into your video of Tennessee Blues sort of randomly. One of my favorite tunes, and I really enjoyed your version. Hope you come back to the reader's forum. Miss your input and tunes.
At 5:28am on February 12, 2010, Matt Stevens said…
Hiya will hows the sussex scene?
At 4:51am on July 28, 2009, Richard Schuchman said…
Man, you hit it on the head. Duck's improv is what really blows me away, all while playing these odd Monk type rhythmic patterns - on the beat, off the beat - just amazing, and like you said, not necessarily just what around the chord he happens to be playing. What you say about him intellectually, I imagine he'd be a cool guy just to get to know, period.

I have small hands to begin with, so I have to use barre chords for bass notes anyway, even on a simple bass line tune like Anjie. A lot of fingerstyle players do the "thumb-thing" to an extent, but Duck, to quote Kottke talking about Hedges, "has a left hand like an octopus". I have that instructional video of his and it's more like sci-fi than documentary.

I wonder what model/who made his nylon? Did it have built in electronics? Most steel strings are designed with electronics in mind, where classicals aren't. Also consider Byrd played ONLY classical, which has a very different attack and physical considerations (nail shape, rest/free stroke, first digit tension, etc.) while Duck plays both. Most steel players that "dabble" on nylon aren't as subtle as they could be, but it's because they're used to muscling through on steel with fingerpicks. Not making excuses, though. Should Duck be more subtle on nylon? Most certainly. I guess I just appreciate the effort to get a warmer sound and try something different.
At 6:08am on July 27, 2009, Richard Schuchman said…
Wow! I've never seen Duck live. He and Renbourn are my two favorite fingerstyle players. And, as an amateur classical player, I love that Duck plays nylon, especially his cd Spinning Songs. The arrangements are so complex harmonically it's more like listening to a classical guitar performance of 20th century repertoire than a jazz fingerstyle cd. Which there's nothing wrong with, but there's a lot fewer of the former than the latter and it gives the program a unique feel, as opposed to Duck's other cds like Fingerstyle Jazz, where he plays primarily steel-string.

That's cool he played your guitars! I'd never wash them again ;-)

So did you pick up any pointers during your conversation? As a pro yourself, I'm sure you skip the "Gee, how to you keep your thumb moving like that?" question. When I chat with "name" guitarists I try to avoid any student or technical-type questions and usually just talk about their guitars or the pieces they chose to play and why.
At 7:00am on February 26, 2009, Wayne Lorenzen said…
Nice sound. I like the Martin. I have an OMC15E and it's great for fingerstyle as I can imagine yours is. I enjoyed your playing.
At 9:53am on January 21, 2009, Scott Brown said…
Thanks for sharing your musc, Will. I enjoyed watching your videos. Wonderful, precise technique. Your right hand position looks like you might have a little classical background.
At 1:55pm on December 11, 2008, Suzanne Weller said…
Welcome back to you!

I feel pretty out of place being a flute player here in guitar land, but want to learn more.....

At 9:20pm on December 9, 2008, Bill Bailey said…
Hey Will,
I just wanted to let you know you inspired me.
I got back to work on Ashokan Farewell and it's coming along pretty well.
It's not great, but I don't have to say I can't get it to work any more.
Thanks for the boost.

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