Coffeehouse Enjoys 'Jazz Finger-Picking Fusion'
Aaron Gibson played his own originals and some familiar covers for the audience on Saturday night.
Self-taught acoustic guitarist Aaron Gibson amazed the audience at Woodstock Coffeehouse on Saturday with his finger-picking skills. Gibson, Georgia resident for five years, said he originally learned guitar in response to a challenge.
“Initially, I learned guitar to show up a kid that was on my bus freshman year of high school who told me I couldn't learn 'Tears in Heaven'. Then I learned it and started really enjoying the guitar."
His mainly instrumental set included lots of originals, which he says come naturally to him.
“If I had to pick one aspect of my music that I like, it is that for the most part I've never had to force it. If I have an idea in my head and I want to put it to music it either happens in 15 minutes or I simply can't do it. I rarely ever have a song that take days, weeks or months to finish."
His style involves somewhat intricate acoustic guitar finger picking which he desribes as a jazz finger-picking fusion.
He said he admires guitarist Antione Dufour, but listens to all genres of music, including classical and rap. He recently added singing to his repertoire of musical abilities.
“Singing is something I just started doing about a year ago. I've been doing it a lot more lately, and I plan on doing more in the future, but for a long time all i did was instrumentals,” Gibson explained.
He felt comfortable enough to sing toward the end of his set Saturday because of the laid-back atmosphere of Woodstock Coffeehouse.
“Its kind of like I'm just playing in my living room. There's just no pressure,” Gibson said.
Though he has over 25 originals to choose from, he plays covers during his sets, too. These include instrumentals by Antoine Dufour, Tommy Emmanuel and Mason Williams.
“But when it comes to singing I don't do much outside of some Eric Clapton and The Police,” Gibson said.
He is a frequent performer at Woodstock Coffeehouse's open mic night.