I wanted to do something different and post another Music Monday about a lesser known guitar virtuoso. Below is a quick bio of him from Wikipedia along with a few videos showcasing his Govan’s talent. Unreal.
Govan began playing guitar aged three, encouraged by his father but initially learning mainly by ear. At the age of nine he and his brother Seth Govan played guitar on a Thames Television programme called Ace Reports. At secondary school he was exposed, via older classmates, to "shred" guitarists of the time. 
After leaving school, Govan read English at the University of Oxford, though he left after a year to pursue a career in music. Around this time (by Govan’s own estimation, 1991) he sent demos of his work to Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records. Varney was impressed and offered him a record deal; ultimately however, Govan declined. Regarding his reasons he has explained: "it was as though all I really wanted to know was that I was good enough […] I found I was getting a bit wary of the shred movement." 
In 1993 he won Guitarist magazine’s "Guitarist of the Year" competition with his instrumental piece Wonderful Slippery Thing (a version of which would eventually appear on his debut solo album); the demo of the track earned him a place amongst several other entrants in the live final, which he then won. Subsequently, he submitted a sample transcription (of a Shawn Lane piece) to Guitar Techniques magazine; this earned him a job as a contributor to the magazine, ending a spell working in fast food.
Fives – Most famous song probably

Fretless Guitar which is just insane.


2 Responses so far.

  1. Mike says:

    "... ending a spell working in fast food." Nice ending. I initially was expecting a typical shred guitarist, but this guy has class and style. I dig it.

    My biography will one day say "...ending a spell of working in the computer industry."

    One day. One day.

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