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Michael Anthony

Michael Anthony

Thundering bass lines, not to mention Michael Anthony’s instantly recognisable backing vocals, play a crucial role in the unique sound of high-octane rockers Van Halen, a band that has been Michael’s musical home since their formation in the mid ‘70s.

Nathan East

Nathan East

With recording, performance and co-writing credits as varied as Eric Clapton, Babyface, Al Jarreau and Phil Collins, Nathan East has deservedly gained a reputation as much for musical versatility as his profound skills on bass. Few players are in more constant demand.

Antonio Forcione

Antonio Forcione

Hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar, Antonio Forcione has a charismatic stage personality with the instinct of a musician determined to brush aside artificial barriers, creating an amazing fusion of emotional expression and formidable technique.

Nick Fyffe

Nick Fyffe

Drawing influence from the funky bass lines and bass-heavy electro and hip-hop of the 1980s, Nick’s future was clearly one with a groove.

Meinir Gwilym

Meinir Gwilym

At just 21 years old, singer/songwriter Meinir Gwilym is one of the bestselling Welsh language artists ever.

Bert  Jansch

Bert Jansch

Our good friend Bert Jansch is sadly missed by the Yamaha Guitar team. Bert was a ground breaking Acoustic Guitar player, famously admired by Jimmy Page and Neil Young. Significantly we remember Bert to be a gentlemen, and a pleasure to work with and for.

Bert Jansch’s groundbreaking guitar playing, deep songwriting and dark vocals have entranced audiences for over 40 years. Famously admired by Jimmy Page and Neil Young, Bert’s more recent fans include Noel Gallagher, Jarvis Cocker and Bernard Butler.

Tony Kanal

Tony Kanal

Long-time bass player with huge US Ska band No Doubt, Tony Kanal is of East Indian descent. He was born in Kingsbury, England where he lived until his parents moved to California in 1981.

Richie Kotzen

Richie Kotzen

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Richie began playing piano at the age of five. Aged seven and inspired by a Kiss poster, Richie took up the guitar.

Abraham Laboriel

Abraham Laboriel

Abraham Laboriel is one of the world’s most sought-after session bassists, playing for a roster of top artists that reads like a who’s who of the jazz, crossover and popular music fields. He also has solo albums to his name and was a founding member of the internationally acclaimed fusion groups, Koinonia and Friendship.

Ralph McTell

Ralph McTell

Ralph McTell is one of Britain’s most accomplished fingerstyle acoustic guitarists. Subscribing to the uniquely British style of playing associated with the likes of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, the Ivor Novello winning guitarist penned the classic ‘Streets of London’ for his 1969 album ‘Spiral Staircase’.

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