Chuck Berry – No Particular Place To Go

Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go LessonChuck Berry is the father of rock guitar. Though the elements were in the air, no one before him had hit upon the formula that put it all together – boogie-woogie piano style, jump blues rhythms, and Chicago-based elec­tric guitarwork – or packaged it so neatly. Berry’s accomplishments are now imbedded in the core of rock music. Anyone picking up a guitar post-1955 has been influenced by him, directly or indirectly, and that includes the Beatles, Stones, the Who, Yardbirds, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young, Ed Van Halen, or the latest kid on the block. Chuck was “discov­ered” and brought to Chess records in 1953 by none other than Muddy Waters himself, the Father of Electric Blues. Between the two, you have the essential DNA for practically all rock music to follow – but that’s another story. Today’s story is No Particular Place to Go, one of Berry’s biggest hits (No. 10 in 1964), a career-defining statement, and an immortal piece of the rock guitar legacy. (more…)

B, C
2 Jun 2013

Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady

Jimi Hendrix – Foxy LadyFoxy Lady is one of Jimi Hendrix’s most memorable tunes on an album of mem­orable tunes – the monumental 1967 debut record, Are You Experienced? As a piece of music, it is beyond important, it is ground­breaking. As a piece of rock history, it is immortal – the biggest, most furious noise from one of the era’s leading musical spokes­men. If a classic is defined as that which improves with age, then Foxy Lady defines classic rock. A brilliant amalgam of proto-metal, r&b, and Jimi’s own inimitable brand of innovative avant-rock, it remains essen­tial – forever imbedded in the core of con­temporary guitar lore – and is a must-know selection in every self-respecting guitar play­er’s repertoire. (more…)

4 May 2013

Blues Traveler – Run-Around

Blues Traveler Run-Around tabsBorn and bred in the rough and tumble New York City bar circuit, New Jersey’s Blues Traveler have come a long way. They were high school students when they first got together playing whatever jam nights they could, but grew into solid musicians and, through a relentless self-promotion campaign, eventually got the attention of A&M Records. An American success story, they were signed and they released an eponymously titled debut album in 1990. Four albums later, Blues Traveler broke into the Top 40 with Run-around, the first single from 1995’s Four, a track that features the incomparable harmonica work and vocals of leader John Popper, and the solid rhythm guitar playing of Chan Kinchla. (more…)

12 Feb 2013

Seven’s Up. Dominant 7th Soloing

Dominant 7th SoloingThe ever-helpful we show you how to apply chord tone ideas to a funky backing track… The are some fiddly moments towards the end of the piece, but the basic principle of supplementing your pentatonic vocabulary with chord-tone ideas is one you should be able to put into practice pretty much straight away. The word arpeggio is most commonly defined as a ‘broken chord': the effect you get when your fretting hand holds down a chord shape and your picking hand strikes each note individually for that ‘House of the Rising Sun’ texture. (more…)

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Love Struck Baby

Stevie Ray Vaughan Love Struck BabyStevie Ray Vaughan was the premier bluesman of the modern age. Ever since he made his initial appearance in 1983, blues music has been alive, well and thriving, and he’s a primary reason why. In Love Struck Baby, the opening cut from his landmark debut album, Texas Flood, Stevie turned to the rock ‘n’ roll side of the genre – emphasiz­ing the close relationship of early rock (and rockabilly), r&b, and classic blues. It provides a fascinating study of Stevie’s famed lead/rhythm style. (more…)

S, V
30 Jan 2013

John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers – Have You Heard

John Mayall and Bluesbreakers Have You Heard TabIt’s the 1960s and Clapton is God in rhythm-and-blues heaven… A lot of the licks here are reasonably simple to execute, but their timing and placement in the bar will take a lot of practice to perfect here are very few albums that live up to the epithet “ground breaking” or ‘iconoclastic’, but John Mayall’s Blues Breakers featuring Eric Clapton (hitherto known as the Beano album) can safely satisfy any set of criteria you care to throw at it. It’s difficult for the current generation of guitarists to appreciate just what an impact the album had on the world at large. Clapton’s reputation at the time was that of a serious guitarist with an almost unfathomable capacity for pulling amazing licks out of a guitar night after night. (more…)

J, M
2 Jan 2013
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