Derek Patton

In the modest but growing genre of fingerstyle guitar, artists such as Don Ross, Andy Mckee, and Don Alder I would loosely classify as percussion fingerstyle guitarists, because they like to tap, slap, and bang their guitars. These striking techniques, pardon the pun, add an extra element to the creation of their music, and strengthens the rhythm in percussion heavy pieces. They also amplify a sense of musical flair, emphasizing the style in fingerstyle, and makes their performances all the more impressive acoustically, and especially, visually. More often than not the fingerstyle guitarists I listen to are these percussion types.
Nevertheless, once in a while a non-percussion fingerstyle guitarist catches my fancy. Derek Patton, who I discovered merely yesterday through a YouTube video sent by the artist himself, plays with passion, dedication, skills, and talent. These are qualities aforementioned artists all possess, and are qualities that define superior artists and music. Although Patton does utilize striking techniques, they are not a major theme in his works. Non-precussion fingerstyle guitarists have to rely more on melody and harmony to hook their audience, and Patton presents that with stunning beauty. Here are a few of his pieces I find particularly entrancing:

Eleventh Hour
Marjorie & Athena

He is promoting himself on YouTube. I, who is enjoying his music, am doing my part to help by plugging him on my blog.

Published in: on September 28, 2008 at 11:12 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I just found your site thru discovering this Derek Patton just this morning as well. Having playeed my entire life and a fan of all the “Candyraters” this guy has just blown me away! I would say only a couple of the Candyrat artists are his equal. Your “Muir Woods” caught my eye as well! I live in the foothills of North Carolina but was born and grew up in Mill Valley! I’ve been in Muir Woods hundreds of times. I’ve told everyone I’ve ever met of the wonderous calm and beauty of this Redwood Forrest, Mnt Tam. and Stinson Beach., I miss them all but here in North Carolina I don’t half to be a millionaire to own a few acres of my own forest. Muir Woods still stands at the top of the most Awesome woods I’ve ever stood in though! So what is your relation to Muir Woods? I am glad I found your site. Many things I see here interest me. Have a great day. Dale Rucker……….formely Dale Grisez born 1951 in San Francisco

  2. I was exposed to the name Muir Woods years ago while listening the CD “Masters of the Acoustic Guitar”, where one of the tracks was titled Muir Woods by Andrew York. For a period I was particularly entranced by that song. I have never been to the Muir Woods National Monument, and one day I hope to visit it. I have seen the redwoods of Yosemite in my middle school years, and I was humbled by the grand and majestic redwoods at Yosemite. Muir Woods is one of my favorite names because carries the same kind of feeling, and it is a name that, perhaps like the redwoods, commands respect. Muir Woods is my alias for some of my online identities, including this blog.

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