BIOGRAPHY - Guthrie Govan
Name: Guthrie Govan
Band(s): Asia The Fellowship The Young Punx
Instructional DVD/CD: TBA
Music style(s): Rock
Guthrie Govan is a guitarist known mostly for his work with GPS, Asia, The Young Punx, The Fellowship, and for his solo album, Erotic Cakes. He is a well known guitar teacher and has worked with the magazine Guitar Technique and with Guildford's Academy of Contemporary Music. He is now working at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. He won the Guitarist of the Year Award given by Guitarist Magazine in 1993.
He began playing guitar at 3 years old, encouraged by his father, and mainly learned by ear. When he was 9, he played on a TV show called Ace Reports with his brother, Seth. In high school he discovered shred guitarists and was influenced by them.
Around 1991, Govan made demos of his work and sent them to Sharpnel Record's Mike Varney. He was impressed and offered Govan a record deal, but later Guthrie declined.
Govan is known for his versatility, mastering a wide range of styles. His influences include Jimi Hendix, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Pass, Greg Howe and many jazz/fusion guitarists. He explains he likes to take influences and ideas from different instruments other than guitar, for example trumpet or violin.
His equipment consists mainly on Suhr guitars. These include 3 different Guthrie Govan Signature Model guitars, 3 custom standards, a Modern 24, a Classic and a Classic T, and also PRS Guitars. He uses Cornford amps. For effects he uses Analog Man Chorus, Exess BS2 Buffer/Splitter, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, Eventide Time Factor, Digitech Whammy Pedal, Guyatone WR-3 Auto-Wah, Hermida Zen Overdrive, Menatone JAC Compressor, Moonphaser pedal, Pigtronix Mothership, Peterson Strobo Stomp Tuner, Silver Machine Revolution Wah Mark II, T-Rex Replica Delay/Echo pedal and a Xotic AC Booster.
Guthrie has published two books, Creative Guitar Volume 1: Cutting Edge Techniques, and Creative Guitar Volume 2: Advanced Techniques, where he teaches a wide range of styles and techniques.
GUTHRIE GOVAN GUITAR VIDEOS
Guthrie Govan|Guthrie Govan - Legato Lesson
Govan gives some hints and tips on improving your legato technique, such as practising with a c...
Guthrie Govan|Guthrie Govan - Microtonal Bends
Govan explains what microtonal bends are and how to use them effectively....
Guthrie Govan|Guthrie Govan - Slap Technique on a Guitar
Govan explains how to use the slap technique on a guitar....
Guthrie Govan|Guthrie Govan - Picks
Govan talks about why he uses his particular picks and their advantages....
Guthrie Govan|Guthrie Govan - Fast Arpeggios
Govan demonstrates how to speedily play arpeggios....
Guthrie Govan|Guthrie Govan - Singing Scales
Govan explains how being able to sing a scale can be useful....
Guthrie Govan|Guthrie Govan - Pitch Axis Theory
Govan explains briefly about the idea of Pitch Axis Theory....
Guthrie Govan|Guthrie Govan - Odd Note Groupings
Govan gives some advice on how to play in odd note groupings....
Guthrie Govan|Guthrie Govan - Sustaining A Note
Govan explains how some guitarists sustain long notes live and possible ways of achieving this ...