Hole Notes: A Look at the Acoustic Guitar Artistry of Yes Guitarist Steve Howe — Video
While Steve Howe is perhaps best known for his electric and acoustic contributions to the progressive rock band Yes, the über-eclectic axman has also played key roles in bands like Asia and GTR and released well over a dozen solo albums.
When Howe joined Yes in 1970, his classical influences, jazz-tinged electric guitar lines and general “experimental” musical nature had a profound impact on the band’s art-rock sound, resulting in a string of classic Seventies-era progressive rock records like The Yes Album, Fragile and Close to the Edge.
Furthermore, live Yes photos from this era show Howe wielding “unlikely” rock instruments, including a Gibson ES-175 electric and innumerable steel-, nylon- and 12-string acoustics. In doing so, he made many guitarists reconsider their own perceptions of what makes an “acceptable” rock ax.
While Yes has endured many lineup changes since then, the band—with Howe in the fold—is still active today and released their latest album, Heaven & Earth in 2014.
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