I only recently became acquainted with the playing of Lenny Breau. His playing is influenced by country, classical, and jazz, and by the styles of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. He wrote a column for Guitar Player magazine in the Seventies and Eighties and was active as an instructor during that time. In 1984, he was found dead in the swimming pool of his Los Angeles apartment complex. The cause of death was strangulation, and while his wife was originally suspected, the case is officially unsolved.
Lenny pioneered the use of the seven-string guitar, the seventh a high A. The guitar used here was custom made by Kirk Sand. The two samples are taken from a master class at USC shortly before his death. The first is his arrangement of Bill Evans’ “Funny Man,” the second an arrangement of the standard “Stella By Starlight.”
Lenny Breau, your Two for Tuesday, April 16, 2013.