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Lenny Breau


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Lenny Breau is widely recognised as one of the greatest guitarists that has ever lived. He excelled technically, being able to play bass lines, comp chords and pick out a melody at the same time.

As his career progressed his artistic approach to the guitar matured, and he was able to use his mastery of a number of styles, including jazz, country and flamenco, to produce a shimmering, emotionally charged soundscape.

His trademark was his use of rapid-fire harmonics and so-called ‘harp-style’.

Lenny Breau was born on August 1941 in Aubern, Maine, lived in Winnipeg, Canada for much of his life, where he met Randy Bachman, and tragically died in mysterious circumstances on August 12 1984.


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  • rulo0801

    lenny was unique

    12 Oct 2010 Reply
  • maushap

    It was a treat to have seen and heard him in the early years in Winnipeg where he lived and played. He suffered an untimely death at an early age but managed to get out a number of equally great albums.

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Gzperi

    A hero indeed !

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Hell0Skinny

    my personal hero.

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • strawberryffuck

    im addicted!1 ive only listened to the hallmark sessions which should i listen to now?

    8 Oct 2009 Reply
  • pillfeast

    Lenny's ghost should come back and haunt us.

    8 Sep 2009 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    probably the best guitarist ever besides fahey, if that means anything

    26 Jul 2008 Reply
  • peeanolover

    He is good and will soon be better known, a real swinger.

    5 Mar 2008 Reply
  • harvey_pekar

    can't imagine why he's not so well known

    12 Jul 2007 Reply
  • bedworm

    what a splendid guitarist

    14 Nov 2006 Reply

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