Two-hand tapping was the rage of rock player by the time Stanley Jordan came to prominence in the mid ’80s, but he took the technique to new heights by playing jazz chords with one hand and bop-inspired runs with the other. After taking ten years between official releases to study sound healing, Jordan reappeared in 2008 with State of Nature. He upped the ante by playing a piano with one hand, and guitar with the other.
“My original instrument was piano, and when I switched to guitar, I still had this piano thing in me, so I developed the whole two-handed technique in order to play the guitar more like a piano,” Jordan told GP in his June 2008 feature. “When I did this album, I decided there was still a part of my music that lives in the piano. Fortunately, all the two-handed guitar playing I did helped me to keep my piano chops.”
Don’t miss the amazingly ambidextrous Stanley Jordan when he comes to Yoshi’s SF in September.
Watch video of Stanley Jordan performing “Song For My Father'” from his latest CD State of Nature on guitar and piano simultaneously!
Guitar Player Presents Stanley Jordan
Wednesday, September 8th at Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore St. SF, CA 94115
8pm show: $20, 10pm show: $14
Free Guitar Player magazines, and D’Addario strings
Tickets @ www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, click HERE, and put Jordan in the subject of your e-mail. Phone contact greatly appreciated. Winner must provide own transportation to Yoshi’s San Francisco and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on September 8th.