Sorry Gary. I know there are always differing views on most things and I hate to disagree, but although I am a huge Hank fan, I found this very embarrassing to watch. Surely Hank is way above this kind of thing, whatever the circumstances were. He could have at least kept the tempo constant.
No problem at all Keith, there was always likely to be a bit of a “Marmite” reaction, from what I can gather it was just a bit of impromptu fun at one of his jazz concerts. Perhaps one of the things to be drawn from this is that Hank is a highly accomplished guitarist generally, whilst perhaps not for everyone, he can also seriously play some pretty tricky Gypsy Jazz numbers!
There are not only some good close ups of the “magic” going on in his technique, but one can hear more of the subtle influence on his sound. I know he does excellent tutorial videos, but in a way this just seemed more natural without needing to over express himself for the purposes of demonstration.
One of my first reactions was, Hmmm… I wonder if that’s whats going there, whilst picking up the guitar to give it a try!
I had not come across this video before of Hank playing a Shadows Medly with no backing. I found it quite inspirational!
As did I. This was just an impromptu moment before his main performance. No polish, no finesse, just a player doing what we all do from time to time. The mere fact that he was prepared to do this, knowing the likely reactions, speaks volumes to me of the man who has never allowed talent and fame to eclipse his true character and personality.