Avril Doucette Can Kick Your Ass And Play Your Guitar!

Standing 6-feet tall, Avril Doucette cuts an imposing figure. She competes as a boxer and martial artist. She’s even won a couple of gold medals. She fights in the ring as a light-middleweight at 152 pounds. Yes, she probably could kick your ass!

She’s also a trained actress and a model. And she loves music and playing her guitar.

Avril Doucette, model, fighter, guitar player
Avril Doucette – model (Credit: Smiley Eyes Photography)

Take Five

Five Questions with Avril Doucette

1. What kind of guitar do you play?

I have a Yamaki Guitar given to be by my father. He originally bought it brand new in 1978. I have always loved music. Growing up he played the guitar with me all the time and sang. That gave me the love that I have for music today.

The biggest reason I got into guitar was watching my father, uncles and cousins all playing musical instruments and singing. I came from a musical family, so it just occurred naturally to me. I have a passion for music as I have found a way to express my creativity, my thoughts and my feelings with a song.

Avril Doucette, model, fighter, guitar player
Avril’s guitar

2. What styles of music do you like to play?

I prefer to play rock or a ballad on the guitar. Depends on the mood I am in. I have to really feel the music and get into it. It gives me the ability to connect on a deeper level.
I sing as well. I grew up singing Patsy Cline and newer country with jazz influences. Later I discovered pop, alternative and R&B music. I sing both with guitar and without. Sometimes I sing too loudly over the guitar.

3. Who are your favorite guitarists?

My favorite are Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, BB King, Carlos Santana, Pete Townshend – I have too many to mention. It depends on the type of music I want to listen to, from blues, country, swing, jazz, death metal, etc.

4. Are you self-taught or did you have lessons?

I am self-taught on both the guitar and singing. I do however look up tips on Google or through musical friends find different techniques for the guitar and singing.

5. Maybe we can give you the title of “World’s Toughest Female Guitarist.” What do you think?

I agree with the title and I would gladly take it! I think I have earned it very much. 🙂

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Avril Doucette, model, fighter, guitar player
Avril Doucette – fighter (Credit: Chad Sonnenberg)

Jimi Hendrix – Woodstock Number 1 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

Jimi Hendrix – the show’s headliner – tops the list with his guitar opus from the original Woodstock release titled Medley: Star Spangled Banner, Purple Haze, Instrumental Solo.

This Hendrix masterpiece clocks in at nearly a quarter hour. Opening with his brilliantly creative, fuzz-drenched, screaming rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, Hendrix literally coaxes out ” the bombs bursting in air” from his Strat. Next up, Purple Haze, with the unmistakable guitar intro leading into a thundering version of this iconic piece. To bring things to a close, a bluesy instrumental with Hendrix weaving shimmering guitar lines and cascading octaves throughout.

By the time Jimi Hendrix hit the stage – the final act of Woodstock – many of the 500,000 in attendance had left. For the ones that stayed, a piece of rock history served up by a guitar God.

Visit the official site: Jimi Hendrix

Who is your pick for the number one spot?

Alvin Lee – Woodstock Number 2 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

At number two, Alvin Lee and Ten Years After with their classic performance of I’m Going Home.

“That’s near enough for jazz.”

For most in 1970, sitting in a theater and looking up at a larger-than-life Alvin Lee on the split screen tuning his guitar, this was their introduction to Ten Years After.

A quick intro – “This is a thing called I’m Going Home by helicopter” – followed by an explosion of rapid-fire notes and 11 blistering minutes of music. Witness the birth of Alvin Lee, guitar hero.

I’m Going Home is a pulsating, electrifying showpiece tune for Lee’s guitar playing. Not only did their Woodstock performance put the band on the map, it inspired countless numbers of would be guitar heroes to take up the instrument.

The Woodstock version of I’m Going Home is raw and primal, epitomizing what rock and roll is all about. This one definitely earns the “classic” label.

Carlos Santana – Woodstock Number 3 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

At number three, Carlos Santana’s performance of Soul Sacrifice.

The real story here isn’t Santana’s guitar playing, but rather drummer Michael Shrieve’s show stealing performance on Soul Sacrifice.

Heading into Woodstock, Santana was unknown. Witness their Woodstock performance fee of just $750. Their appearance in the Woodstock documentary film and album helped propel them to superstardom.

Most versions of Soul Sacrifice feature a great guitar sound on the solo. However, if you listen to the original album version, the guitar sounds thinner and the execution of the solo more accurately reflects Carlos Santana’s somewhat psychedelically altered state.

All this aside, combine the overdubbed guitar solo along with the fiery drumming of Michael Shrieve and you’re left with a timeless performance for the ages.

Visit the official site: Santana

Johnny Winter – Woodstock Number 4 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

At number four, Johnny Winter, Mean Town Blues.

Although he didn’t appear on the original movie or soundtrack, Johnny Winter did make it to an official Woodstock release sometime later with Mean Town Blues, one of his concert staples.

Much like Leslie West’s Woodstock performance, this isn’t Johnny at his best. Instead, check out his superb live album, Live Johnny Winter And, featuring Johnny and band at their best on Mean Town Blues and other Winter classics. As a bonus, guitarist Rick Derringer does an excellent job of complementing Johnny’s playing.

For more information on Johnny Winter, visit Johnny Winter

Leslie West – Woodstock Number 5 Most Electrifying Guitar Performance

At number five from Woodstock, Leslie West of Mountain, Blood of the Sun.

Mountain didn’t appear on the original Woodstock triple album; they came later on the Woodstock II double album. But here’s where things get a bit uncertain.

The two tracks on Woodstock II aren’t from Woodstock; they’re from a different concert.

Finding original Mountain material from Woodstock is a bit more challenging. We’re going with this version of Blood of the Sun, purportedly of original Woodstock vintage.

This might not be Leslie West at his finest, but it’s still a solid piece of work. As always, West’s tone, one of the best in the guitar world, shines. You don’t get shredding, machine gun licks; but rather, some of the tastiest playing you’ll hear delivered in typical Leslie West fashion.

As a bonus, West adds a great little guitar riff at the end to cap off the song.

Not Leslie West at his peak, but anytime this guitar master plays, it’s well worth a listen.

To hear Leslie West and Mountain at their best, give Flowers of Evil a listen. As a bonus, you get a live guitar solo with Leslie interspersing his trademark lead riffs and volume swells to create a masterful guitar piece. Also look for the live version of Stormy Monday to hear a 20-minute Mountain tour de force.

You can find out more about Leslie West and Mountain here:  Leslie West and Mountain

Woodstock – Top Five Electrifying Guitar Performances

In August 1969, half-a-million people, along with some of the biggest names in music, gathered on a farm in New York State. The weekend festival, billed as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” went on to become legend, legacy and a milestone in cultural history.

For guitar fans, Woodstock brought together some of the best players of the day. A number of them went on to achieve iconic status in the guitar world.

Trivia time: Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were two of the biggest names that didn’t make the weekend festival. The Jeff Beck Group, scheduled to play Woodstock, cancelled. Led Zeppelin received an invitation, but declined.

Let’s look back at some of the guitar highlights of the weekend music festival.