THE DOUGLAS J NOBLE GUITAR ARCHIVE
Douglas J Noble is a music
journalist, guitar instructor and musician based in Edinburgh,
He is the Music Director of
international Jimi Hendrix magazine and a regular contributor to
The Guitar Magazine. The following interviews were mainly
conducted for UniVibes and The Guitar Magazine. Please
pass on any comments to Douglas
DJN: I'm sorry for not updating this site for several months -
frankly, I didn't know how to! But I do now after buying a basic
internet design package (the ClarisWorks 4.0 Internet Edition, if
you're interested). At present my "design skills" are still
non-existent so don't expect anything too fancy just yet.
In the following interviews and articles, "EXCLUSIVE!" means the
interview/article has never appeared anywhere else - which is pretty
exciting - and "NEW!" means the interview/article was added within
the past three months. This site was updated on 19 August 1997,
- Jeff Beck interview - Jeff
talks about Crazy Legs, the Yardbirds, "Hi Ho Silver
- Jeff Beck's gear - "I have
44 guitars. Unfortunately, 40 of those are crap!"
- Jeff Beck on "Beck's
Bolero" - "That band was the original Led Zeppelin..."
- Jeff Beck on Frankie's
House - the award winning soundtrack
- Jeff Beck on the Strat -
Fat neck? That must be the Jeff Beck Signature Strat, then...
- Jeff Beck outtakes - the
pain of tinnitus and why Jeff turned vegetarian
- Rhys Chatham Interview -
Rhys' life altering experience with the Ramones
- Rhys Chatham on 100
Guitars - EXCLUSIVE! Includes a photo of the site author in
rehearsal for "An Angel Moves Too Fast To See" at Glasgow's
- Rhys Chatham from Past to
Present - EXCLUSIVE! An in-depth chat with Rhys
- Nigel Kennedy on Jimi
Hendrix - Nigel cranks it up
- Nigel Kennedy's gear - A
violin through a Marshall stack? You'd better believe it!
- Kronos Quartet on Jimi
Hendrix - the classical string quartet rock it up
- Nils Lofgren interview -
"...the 'freshest' record I've ever made"
- Nils Lofgren's Playing
Technique - thumb pick and fingers
- Nils Lofgren on Neil Young
- "...he's one of the great writers of all time..."
- Nils Lofgren on Jimi
Hendrix - "...the night I saw Jimi I decided to become a
Malmsteen on Jimi Hendrix - NEW! He even named his cat after
interview - NEW! Hetfield and Hammett talk about Load
with exclusive Ross Halfin photos from the Load tour
gear - NEW! The guitars, amps and effects on Load...
- Pat Metheny interview - NEW!
Pat talks about the writing and recording of Secret Story
- Pat Metheny on 'Are You Going
With Me?' - NEW! An audience favourite from Travels...
- Pat Metheny's recommended
listening - NEW! Clifford Brown, Ornette Coleman, Steve
Reid on Jimi Hendrix - NEW! Ex-Living Colour guitarist speaks
- Henry Rollins on Jimi
Hendrix - "I prefer the boots to the "real" records..."
- Carlos Santana on Jimi
Hendrix - "...he would open up certain channels and let
certain demons and angels dance together..."
- Tommy Shannon on Jimi
Hendrix - "...you could almost feel it when he was in a room."
- Andy Summers interview -
the ex-Policeman comes clean
- Summer's school - An Andy
Summer's Guide To Harmonic And Melodic Theory
- Andy Summers on Jimi
Hendrix - "...I played lead and he played bass, can you
- Martin Taylor interview -
"...I have no concept of 'making it'"
- Martin Taylor's favourite five
jazz albums - Django, McLaughlin...
- Steve Vai interview - Back
to basics with Alien Love Secrets
- Steve Vai's guitars - the
triple neck pink Ibanez, Evo, a prototype `Misfit'...
- Steve Vai on Frank Zappa -
"...it was the most incredible solo I ever saw him perform."
- Steve Vai on Jimi Hendrix
- Steve talks about the Jimi influence
- Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double
Trouble - SRV's rhythm section remembers Stevie
- Stevie Ray Vaughan's gear -
Number One, Lenny, 32 amps...
- Johnny Winter on Jimi
Hendrix - "I've never seen anyone who loved to play more than
the Music Director of UniVibes Douglas has written extensively
on Jimi Hendrix - the following articles are taken from
Mr Jimi Hendrix on bass..." - NEW! "He was a really good bass
player, funky and really solid," remembers ex-Stevie Ray Vaughan
and Double Trouble bassist Tommy Shannon
- Lefty Matters - NEW! The
significance of handedness and how it affected Jimi's music, his
choice of guitars and his guitar technique
Like... Part 1 - NEW! Jimi's use of sounds to illustrate his
music... An explanation of programme music and Jimi's use of it in
Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love
Like... Part 2 - NEW! Jimi's use of programme music in
Electric Ladyland, Eire Apparent's Sunrise, The
Cry Of Love, "The Star Spangled Banner", Band Of
- More soon...
page - "No man is an island..." Umm, so check out my links page
with further info on all the artists interviewed on this site plus
some other stuff.
None of the material contained in this web site may be reproduced
in any form without specific prior written permission.
Special thanks to Michael Leonard of The Guitar Magazine,
Caesar Glebbeek of UniVibes, Fred Tomsett of T'Mershi
Duween, Alan Jones of Broken Arrow and Dick Wyzanski of
The Jeff Beck Bulletin. Extra special thanks to Eddie Corns
for setting up this site.
Thanks also to Ross Halfin and Julie Abbott; Sally Fletcher and
Mayfest; Matt, Fun and Michelle at Epic; Roland Hyams at Work Hard;
Peter Grant at Columbia; Dean Ricketts and Jason Jules at the
Watch-Men Agency; Carol Pinkham at Vision Unlimited.
Coming soon... A previously unpublished interview with Blur's
Graham Coxon, interviews with Brian May and Mark Knopfler, a lesson
with Joe Satriani and much, much more...
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1997, in addition to approx 16,000 visitors from September 1996.