Thomas Leeb

Artist of the Month | July 2009


Thomas uses the Pure pickup in his guitar.

Austrian born Thomas Leeb plays a style he calls ‘the bastard child of acoustic fingerstyle’. This style owes as much to percussive techniques as traditional fingerstyle guitar as his tunes are usually punctuated by slaps, pops and beats. Adding to the overall effect is his frequent use of ringing harmonics. The resulting blur of busy hands and fingers has to be seen to be believed.

His repertoire consists of self-penned numbers, traditional tunes and occasional covers of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Bjork and Bob Marley songs..

Leeb released his first album, the now out of print Reveller, as a precocious 17 year old. However, his unique style didn’t come into full force until his 1999 album Riddle. He has since released four further albums and toured Asia, North and South America and Europe.

Along the way he has picked up a number of influential fans such as Eric Roche who was his guitar teacher, “for about five minutes and then I heard him play” and Guthrie Govan who thinks that “what Thomas does on an acoustic guitar probably shouldn’t be legal.”.

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