George Van Eps

George Van Eps (1913 - 1998), american jazz guitarist and arranger, considered the father of modern pick guitar with his virtuose pick playing in the early 1930s. Influenced by piano players he pioneered the chord melody style, with more complex harmonies and reharmonized arrangements. In the late 30s he started to call his guitar a “lap-piano”, and started using fingerpicking to realize the harmonic potential of the guitar. At that time he pioneered the use of the 7-string guitar, and is some places said to have invented the 7-string guitar.

Timeline

  • 1934 Started playing with the Benny Goodman band
  • 1938 Epiphone made him a seven-string guitar

Recordings with Howard Alden (Concord Records)

BIO: ClassicJazzGuitar.com - George Van Eps.