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Jeff Healey

There’s an awful lot of talk about tone and technique but talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. One guitarist who never let anything get in the way of his playing , and also one will be sorely missed is the immense and unique talent of Jeff Healey a blind guitarist who played the guitar whilst it lay across his lap.

Healey’s literally hands-on approach to the guitar gave him an unsurpassable level of attack & sustain rivalling that of Jimi Hendrix combined with an absolutely devastating high octane thumb fretting and soaring string bending technique. I saw Jeff in the early 90`s in London and the performance was absolutely mesmerising, highly physical and intensely emotional. If you’re struggling to find inspiration and the practice routine or lessons are getting you down perhaps try doing it with your eyes shut.