We had a chance to speak with Jacky Bastek, a young fingerstyle guitarist and violinist from Germany.
Jacky began her journey in the realm of hard rock, and after being unable to find anyone to jam with, she transitioned to a singer-songwriter style. She soon became dissatisfied with simply strumming chords and after stumbling upon a video of Mike Dawes, she was captivated by the percussive style and began beating on her guitar, knowing that this is what would satisfy her musically.
Jacky took a few lessons from Dawes as well as joining Thomas Leeb’s guitar bootcamp in 2014, which strengthened her playing and passion for fingerstyle. Since then, she’s been working hard to post videos online that showcase her masterful songwriting skills, professionally clean execution of techniques, and catchy riffs.
Gathering shares on her video of ”No Exit” from modern legends like Jon Gomm, Mike Dawes, and Andy McKee, as well as sites like Taylor Guitars and Guitar World, Jacky hit viral status when it comes to fingerstyle guitar. It’s always nice to see a guitarist like this just come out of seemingly nowhere, and we can’t wait for more from this talented artist.
7 Questions with Jacky
- What is one piece of gear you can’t live without?
This might not count but all I want and need are healthy hands!
- Who is your favorite Modern Fingerstyle Guitarist at the moment?/ Which guitarist/musician are you most inspired by?
I guess my style of playing is mostly influenced by Mike Dawes as I learned from him. But Jon Gomm is my personal guitar god!
- When you pickup the guitar right now, what is the first song that comes out?
My new song because I don’t know anything else in this weird tuning…hehe
- Aside from the fact that you are a great guitar player, what is something else that is surprising or interesting about you?
I am actually a violinist playing in orchestras occasionally. I also used to be a gaming geek. I lack the time at the moment but when halo 5 is coming out I might disappear for a while.
- How much time do you spend playing guitar a day/week?
It depends. It can vary from 10 minutes to 6 hours a day.
- What’s a normal day like for you? School? Job? Music?
A day consists of school and playing music or going to concerts in the evening.
- What’s on the horizon for you in playing and life?
I’d love to do music full-time. After my exams I am going to record my first album and travel around playing my tunes to people. In a year or two I’d like to go to a music university to become professional at what I’m doing.
Written by Andrew James – Andrew is a young guitarist, amateur music producer, and YouTuber.
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