Just seen this message.
I think I recall the comment you are referring to - but can't remember which upload it was associated with.
In essence, I recall commenting that although I love your music, I found what I described as your 'twiddly' style something that wore me down after awhile. I was then surprised and pleased to receive a comment on Youtube from yourself in which you wondered if I actually disliked your music. I replied to reaffirm that I loved a lot of it. It was just that all those twiddles - for me - tended to obscure the lovely melody lines you create.
To emphasise my appreciation of your music, this is what I wrote when I posted my 5 star Amazon review of 'Beyond Boundaries: Guitar Solos' by Michael Hedges ...This album is shattering - Imagine Leo Kottke at his very best .... then throw in Hendrix-like fireworks with string and fret-tapping .... then add the melodic fury of Tommy Emmanuel .... and then, just when you thought I was describing totally OTT music, add in the lilting beauty of Gordon Giltrap, John Renbourne and Bert Jansch. Finally add just more than a dash of Davy Graham's jazz style. That takes you about half way to imagining how fantastic this record is. If you love acoustic instrumental guitar, this is a MUST buy. Glorious.
Recently, I bought a copy of 'Total Giltrap' in which, when introducing 'Tumbleweed' you refer to (quote) ..."...it not only requires you to hammer-on from a picked note. but also to hammer-on to a dead string 'out of nowehere'..."
I'm wondering if it's that technique which I sometimes found to be over-used for my own particular tastes? It is, however, one of your 'signature' styles and millions love it. No problem.None of any of this detracts from my love for and admiration of your playing
and I guess everyone has likes and dislikes in the repertoire of pretty well every musician they follow. I'm also happy to admit that as a lifelong (and not especially accomplished) plectrum player, I'm still very much old-school in that I like to play and listen to melody lines, note-runs and blends of traditional flatpicking country styles etc. I loved Davy Graham's early music, but not everything he then went on to create. Ditto for Roy Buchanan and ditto for several others. I guess I'm a bit of a stick-in-the-mud in some respects.
I hope all that answers your request.
Thinking about it, I wonder how many members know about 'Total Giltrap'. I only chanced upon it by accident whilst searching for music. I'd never heard of it before although I remember reading many of your columns when I used to buy 'Total Guitar'. (I stopped after about issue 81 because they seemed to cover more and more heavy music rather than the styles I used to find in earlier issues. And once shredding became a regular theme, I lost all interest).
I've added a reference to the Mel Bay book elsewhere for others to pick up on.viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1300(For reasons of which you're aware, I'll not be back in the forum for at least week after the 2nd. Maybe longer.)