- David "Skinny Devil" McLean
originally published at Insane Guitar, 2004
Greg Howe may be most famous as the hired gun for mega-stars like Justin
Timberlake and Michael Jackson, but he’s known in the guitar world as a
player with impeccable chops, extraordinary knowledge, and unique
musical vision. He always demonstrates clean lines with both fire and
grace, and his ability to weave together tapestries of sound from often
disparate genres make him a paragon of fusion.
I am assuming the fingerings below are correct, but only Greg can say
for sure. When I spoke to him recently, he made note of some of his
unusual fingering patterns, so we can only hope his video series will be
The first two samples are taken from Greg’s debut solo release
(1988’s “Greg Howe”) – example one is from the song “Kick It All Over”
and example two from “Bad Racket”. These show tidbits of the stylistic
roots of Greg’s development.
The last example is from 1996’s “5″. Titled “Bach Mock”, this
demonstrates Greg’s passion for classical lines and picture perfect
Now, Greg has released a superb work with drum legend Dennis Chambers
and bass virtuoso Victor Wooten called “Extraction” and features his
most “fusionistic” work to date. The compositions are outstanding and
far reaching, the musical performances miles above par, and the sound
downright crystalline. Trek over to Greg’s web-site to hear sound samples.
For more tabs of Greg’s playing, visit Francesco Fareri’s web-site
(Fra is a former Insane Guitar columnist) and take a look at Fabrizio’s
lessons at the Insane Guitar Archive. For lessons (video or in person)
from Greg, contact him via his web-site.
Also keep an eye on the “Guitar Gods Index“, as I’ve just interviewed Greg for the series and it will be published soon!