Today’s Guitar Slide Wednesday needs some explaining. Lead Guitar (who has been known to play a slide or two himself) got an ganjo for his birthday. I’m not making up a word, I promise. It’s a real thing–a musical instrument whose name is a portmanteau, combining guitar and banjo… and that’s what it is–a six string banjo with a neck and tuning like a guitar. According to that ever-reliable source, wikipedia, the instrument is also called by a variety of names, including guitar banjo, guitjo, banjar, or banjitar.
Lead Guitar told me that Keith Urban plays this instrument (and also Taylor Swift). And since he played his ganjo last night in rehearsal, I decided I would feature Keith Urban (again) for today’s Guitar Slide Wednesday. At Lead Guitar’s suggestion, the song for today is “For You” from the recent film Act of Valor. This video features Keith and his band “performing” in the middle of a desert with clips and sounds from the film interspersed thoughout, along with well-timed explosions behind the band to add the drama of the video.
But all you really need to know is there is a serious slide around 2:50, marking the end of the bridge and leading into the guitar solo. To quote Lead Guitar, “This is Keith Urban teaching you how to do a guitar slide.”