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Albert Lee Bio
ALBERT LEE has played with Eric Clapton, Jimmy
Page, Emmylou Harris,
Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, the Everly Brothers, Dave Edmunds and Roseanne Cash, among many
is also a recording artist in his own right, releasing four
critically acclaimed albums, including
two instrumental albums, SPEECHLESS
and GAGGED BUT NOT BOUND, that received Grammy
speed, phrasing, feel, and choice of notes have earned him the
reputation as the premier country guitarist. Albert has received
numerous awards for his playing including
the five time winner of Guitar
Player magazine's "Best Country Guitarist" and a member of
the Gallery of the Greats.
Albert Lee Discography/Videos
What are some of your favorite artists
Polly: Is there anyone you haven't recorded with that you would like to?
melodylane: What songs have you done with Eric Clapton?
Chris, my favorite artists are all older than me. I was very influenced
by the early rock and rollers.
Polly: Who's your favorite female singer?
Altchord: your influences include greats like hank garland and jimmy
bryant what are some specific solos you worked on and what did you
hi altchord, i was never able to play many of their solos, but i like to
think that i got the overall feel of what they were doing
George: Could you give a very brief insight into your chicken pickin'
technique? like what fingers do you use?
To the right: a gallery of great influences....
Altchord: that you do albert
Chris: This is cool! I'm loving this!
JB: is stairway to heaven by led zeppelin a good beginner song?
Altchord: the bango rolls floor me,,,,do you have advice for putting
that into a tune?
TheRock: Cool Albert. Thanks
Assistant: Albert you have quite
a history with Jimmy Page
jb, i guess its a good beginner song
You and Page were both Burton fans?
i first met jimmy page in 1961 in london, we used to go to each others
houses and listen to records,i had a gibson les paul custom and a supro
amp that jimmy loved the sound of so he bought the same rig
That was the Stairway to Heaven amp!
Steve: wow! When did that album come out?
Check out No
Lee, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones
AlbertL: i recorded that album as a session player
along with jimmy page and big jim sullivan in the late 60s we probably
received 20 pounds in session fees
owen: Albert, in the 80s you played some great solos with welshman
Shakin Stevens. My favorite had to be 'You Drive Me Crazy'. Was Dave
Edmunds the connection there? What are your reflecitons on Shaky?
owen, my connection with shakey was through stuart colman the producer,
shakey was a teenage idol at the time
finncaster: hey albert-what records would list as essential listening?
finncaster, the records that really influenced me were ricky nelson
records with james burton on guitar ,jimmy bryant, and cliff gallup with
featuring guitarist Denny Wright
Gene Vincent featuring
guitarist Cliff Gallop
The Crickets featuring
Fun Ranch Boogie Part 1
Albert thanks for allowing us into your inner sanctum. This cut has your
famous echo effect. Can you describe the effect?
its done with an echo unit with a single repeat set at appox. 300 ms
Was it tape or digital delay?
you play a strict four notes to the bar and have the first repeat fall
in between the second and third notes
You all have to check this out ---it's an Albert signature!
any delay unit as long as it has long delay
This is from the bridge of Fun Ranch Boogie
Albert how did you develop this technique?
i heard it on a couple of records, with grady martin and jesse mac
What other pieces in your repertoire have this effect?
country boy, sisters coming home ( emmylou harris)
finncaster: what key is that in?
Altchord: albert how do you go about
finding voicings for the open string rolls?
the bridge section is in the key of A
altchord, by trial and error
Jingle: when you improvise are you
concious of the different notes of the chord and target them
hi jingle, i am very concious of the chords and their inversions, and
play around them
finncaster: are you using mixolydian
3rds on that?
Jingle: whats a good way to learn how
Polly: Is there any country that you
haven't played in that you'd like to?
finncaster, you'd have to ask a real musician the names of the scales i
finncaster: ;) sounded awesome!
Altchord: did you practice playing
certain licks over and over or just kinda go for it differently each
hi altchord, i learned certain solos then i was able to improvize around
Jingle: do you recommend ear training
Altchord: so a whole solo you'd work
hi jingle, definately
hi altchord, no, id just use certain parts of a solo that appealed to me
Jingle: do you stick to one scale in a
song usually, or do you change depending on the chord
jingle, the scale that i usually stick to includes 7ths and 9ths, and i
will use passing notes to give it a chromatic feel
finncaster: any favorite chords?
finncaster, open chords
Fun Ranch Boogie Part 2
Ok everyone, check this out. It is definitive Albert Lee. This a burning
lick from Fun Ranch Boogie solo
Albert how much is this style influenced by Western Swing?
my style is very influenced by western swing, although i didn't know
what it was when i started playing
Your beginning phrase has a very signature double stop effect. Can you
describe the approach?
its a chicken pickin style, utilizing open strings
Do you use pick and fingers for this?
How did you come across this technique?
uhhhhh gosh, by accident
Is it chord related?
it is based on chord positions
hard to describe without showing
George: very nice albert
How about the single-note blowing?
Twanger: I love those triplets!
It's a wonderful excerpt, Albert--thanks for playing it!
George: How long did it take you to
develop that kind of speed?
george, it took quite a few years
Altchord: so would maybe working around
all those open chords be a way of finding licks? like basic c and g etc?
Chris: Did you find it hard to break
into that sort of speed?
altchord, there are a lot of great licks to be found in the basic
Twanger: Do you gig with your Rivera
WolfM: Albert let's begin with your gear. What are you using
Polly: What is your all time favorite guitar
AlbertL: hi polly my favorite guitar is my musicman signature
WolfM: Albert. How was it developed
Polly: Where was this picture taken?
WolfM: It was taken in Albert's practice room
sonic: Is the guitar stock?
WolfM: The other is at the gig
seems like you prefer maple necks, what kind of wood do you have on
the body of your signature model?
AlbertL: finncaster, ash body, check
out the musicman website
ill have to go down and check out your model on 48th street ;)
Click Here for Music Man site
WolfM: Albert. Is that a B-Bender?
AlbertL: the photo on screen is my music man b bender guitar
WolfM: Albert how does the B
AlbertL: its a mechanism attached to the strap button that
raises the second string a tone
WolfM: Is the technique similar to steel guitar?
AlbertL: by pulling down on the neck you are able to alter
WolfM: Are certain chords better than others with Bender?
AlbertL: it is not really similar to steel guitar but you can
approximate the sound of it
AlbertL: you tailor the chord
shapes to utilize the effect
Click Here for
AlbertL: my current equipment of course includes my music man
guitar, I am still using my old 130 watt music man amps but have been
very happy with a fender tone master and a Rivera amp
JohnH: What is it about Musicman
amps that you like?
AlbertL: hi john, musicman amps
were built like tanks, they're very loud and clean
AlbertL: twanger, musicman 2x10 and
Twanger: Do you gig with your Rivera
AlbertL: twanger, im currently
working with rivera to find something that will suit me, they make
WolfM: What are your favorite other guitars in your
AlbertL: The guitar to the right of the screen was
given to me by Eric Clapton so that has to be one of my favorites
WolfM: Is that the Delaney and
Bonnie Les Paul?
AlbertL: I believe that was the
guitar that was used with the Delaney and Bonnie
AlbertL: I also have another Gibson from the same year that
was given to me by Don Everly
acoustics are you using?
finncaster: im sorry to keep being so
technical because this has been a real thrill to be here-do you lean
towards hvy or light strings?
AlbertL: twanger, martin 00028,
collings 0m2 and my gibson j200 from don everly
WolfM: That's a beauty!!!
TheRock: Albert are Fender guitars manufactured in Mexico almost
as good as those made here in the US?
finncaster: i have a mexico tele and its
AlbertL: hi rock, ive seen some
guitars made in mexico that i would be very happy to play
TheRock: Cause i have a Strat (mexican)
and I see no different
Twanger: Do you
still have your old Tele?
AlbertL: twanger, i dont have my
original from the 60s, but i have a 52, 53, and 60
TheRock: Are fender guitars any good
Chris: Yes they are!
AlbertL: rock, fenders are very
good, but my musicman is better
Twanger: Do you use compession?
AlbertL: twanger, i use a little
compression in my korg a-3
AlbertL: by the way, i am looking
for another korg a-3, they seem to have disappeared from the face of the
owen: String Gauges. On your video you've told the story of the
original Ernie Ball unwound G. What gauges do you currently use?
gauges 10 13 16 26 36 46, ernie ball of course!
finncaster: do you prefer high or low
Click Here for Ernie Ball site
AlbertL: finncaster, low action
for fast electric playing, and a higher action for acoustic for the
finncaster: hey albert-what kind of picks do you use-heavy or light? and
do you keep your nails trimmed down or is that an issue?
AlbertL: large heavy picks, i
used to use small jazz picks, in the 60s but i would be afraid of
dropping them now
w/Music Man guitar in home studio
Music Man Albert
HipShot B Bender
B Bender mechanism
on Music Man
B Bender mechanism on
Music Man HD 130
amp head, Korg A3, Korg rack tuner
Bonnie Gibson Les Paul
Brothers acoustic model
Fender Tele with B
Korg A3 digital
General Q & A
AlbertL: altchord, i never did learn how to read guitar music
Altchord: do you have a system?
altchord, i read chord symbols and also the nashville #s system
WolfM: Check out the wheels---as car this has real horn and
is great to STEER
AlbertL: i have a 61 ferrari 250 gte and the cadillac turns
far more heads
AlbertL: at night, the horns will illuminate
CJ: what is that club?
WolfM: The club is the Agoura Valley Inn
AlbertL: hi cj, thats a club that i jam at when im home in
Steve: where in LA?
yeah, beer and guitars are cool!
AlbertL: agoura, north of Los angeles
WolfM: It's an opportunity for Albert to cut loose
WolfM: Just inland from Malibu
CJ: and why are you with Eric Clapton?
AlbertL: cj, we were receiving awards from guitar player
magazine, eric for best blues and me for best country
WolfM: You played in band with Eric at the time?
Steve: on tour, or on an album?
AlbertL: yes, i played with eric for five years, 79-84
AlbertL: steve, touring and three albums
WolfM: Albert with Great Guitarists tour
CJ: who are those players?
AlbertL: cj, wayne henderson, tal farlow, john cephus, jerry
douglas, ledward kaapana, and me
Altchord: effects of time like what? grey hair?
AlbertL: hi curtb, it keeps me young
Steve: works for Les Paul too.
CJ: hey brian may!!!
CurtB: I was thinking of something more like speed and dexterity.
AlbertL: i have the grey hair i am not bald yet, and i weigh
the same as i have for the last 30 years
CJ: what album is that?
AlbertL: cj, that is an release of tracks i did in the late
60s i was dreading it appearing but i can live with it now
Steve: why did you dread it appearing?
AlbertL: steve, it was my earliest efforts at singing, ive
learned a lot since then
Steve: LOL, I'll be sure to check it out then!
owen: The past few years there's been rereleases of all your old stuff
(Heads Hands & Feet etc.), any plans for a new studio album?
AlbertL: owen, soon i hope
AlbertL: thank you, its been a pleasure
Assistant: thank you Albert!!!
WolfM: A big hand for big Al
Twanger: It's been a priviledge Albert.
Agoura Valley Inn- Albert's regular
GPI awards ceremony
Great Guitarist Tour
Albert w/ Brian May
Stevie Ray tribute featuring Albert Lee
Legends of Guitar featuring Albert Lee
Artist - Albert Lee
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