Cream – The Sunshine Of Your Love

Cream – The Sunshine Of Your LoveCream was rock’s prototype power trio, and The Sunshine of Your Love was the pro­totype power trio song. Reflecting the blend of electric blues and hard rock – which precipi­tated the harder blues-rock and heavy metal of the 70s and beyond – it is arguably Cream’s best known piece and unarguably one of the greatest riff tunes of all time. Built on a line conceived by bassist Jack Bruce for Jimi Hendrix, Sunshine is a stand-out track from the classic Disraeli Gears album of 1967, and an auspicious outing for a then relatively unknown guitarist, Eric Clapton. It has since become a mainstay of both Clapton and Bruce’s live shows, a jamming favorite, and a must-know piece in the annals of blues-rock lore. (more…)

23 Feb 2013

Jeff Beck – Beck’s Bolero

Jeff Beck - Beck’s BoleroBeck’s Bolero was recorded in either late 1966 or early 1967 during the golden age of British blues-rock. It is an amazing collabora­tion. Written by Jimmy Page, the instrumental features the band that would have been Led Zeppelin, and is reputed to be Jeff Beck’s favorite all-time recording. The band was pieced together from the creme de la creme of the Yardbirds (Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page), the Who (Keith Moon), and London’s busy rock studio scene (John Paul Jones), and according to Beck, recorded “Bolero’ and a couple of other outrageous things in one day.” Beck’s Bolero was to be a maiden voyage for the all-star lineup until contractual hassles stalled and ultimately killed the project. (more…)

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22 Feb 2013

Dorian Flat 2 Scale. More Adventures in Jazz

Dorian Flat 2 Scale lessonJazz up the Dorian scale by flattening its second note. This progression is designed to feature the Dorian flat scale, however, it’s possible to seek harmonic ‘sanctuary’ within the minor pentatonic scale as this is a five note framework that exists within Dorian flat 2.

Last time we looked at the basics of the melodic minor scale – a scale that can be thought of as being a major scale with a minor third – and exam­ined how it could be usefully applied in a jazz context:


The Melodic Minor Scale. Instant Access to Jazz Guitar

John Scofiled. Melodic Minor Scale LessonAs most guitar players aren’t familiar with the melodic minor scale, this lesson concentrates on the basics – establishing the various patterns for this scale over a backing track that stays in one key. This time we get jazzy with the melodic minor scale. It’s the first lesson of series of guitar modes lessons.  The fact that music is awash with minor scales comes as quite a shock to the average student. But, simply put, the melodic minor scale can be thought of as being exactly the same as a major scale – but with a minor third:


Bush – Glycerine (No Track)

Bush Glycerine guitar tabsIn contrast to the Beatlesque vibe of Oasis or the neo-Zep trappings of the Stone Roses, Bush’s sound is surprisingly American for a band which is currently spearheading the newest wave of the British Invasion. Called “England’s Great Grunge Hope,” the band, fronted by singer-songwriter-rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale and lead guitarist Nigel Pulsford, took inspiration from a number of U.S. influences – television, the Talking Heads, Alex Chilton, Robbie Robertson, and Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as 90s alternative music pouring out of Seattle. A year ago, they were virtually unknown but hit big in 1996 with their debut album, Sixteen Stone – now beyond quadruple platinum – and ear-catch­ing tunes like “Everything Zen,” “Comedown,” and Glycerine. (more…)

20 Feb 2013

Marking Twain. The Sounds of Shania (Country Lesson)

Shania Twain country lessonBenson, Brent and Beck: what’s the connection and who among them is Shania’s ‘show-off’? There are some slippery, speedy moves which may be familiar, but if you’re not used to playing without a pick then the repetitive plucking might put a strain on your muscles – take it easy at first! I’ll explain the connection between the above named players in a moment, but first I’ll answer the question concerning which of them plays guitar on Shania Twain’s album, Come On Over which, incidentally, has become the biggest-selling country album ever! Shania (Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year) can boast to having Nashville’s number one country picker (CMA Musician of the Year winner once again), Brent Mason, who plays ‘licks and solos’ according to the album’s credits. (more…)

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