Organic Licks. Organ Style Soloing

Organ Style Guitar SoloingAs a follow-up to last lesson’s comping ideas, we stole some organ style licks suitable for soloing applications… There’s no need to memorise the whole transcription (the solo was improvised, after all!) – it’s better simply to pilfer the licks you like and incorporate them into your own style. If you remember last lesson’s organ-related audio track, this time backing track will sound hauntingly familiar – yes, it’s the same chord progression! However, the prominent guitar part in the mix is considerably busier this time and it relies on more single-note lines, double-stops and a looser rhythmic feel to create more of a soloistic vibe. Many of the licks you’ll hear this time round are considered cliches when played on a Hammond, but you don’t hear guitarists doing them to the same extent. So here, in a sense, we’re trying to quote elements of the organ tradition to create something fresh-sounding. (more…)

Rhythm Workout. Organ Style Comping

Organ Style Comping guitar lessonOne great way to inject new ideas into your guitar playing is to borrow a style or two from other instruments… The chords featured in the demo tune might be unfamiliar, but the minimal feel of this style of playing overrides any real technical difficulties. As you’ve probably deduced from the title, this example draws on the tradition of jazz organ style playing and applies it in a guitar context. It’s healthy to be aware of what other instruments can do and be able to assimilate their licks into your playing style. From a soloist’s point of view, for instance, you can learn a lot from listening to sax players; while guys such as Allan Holdsworth and Frank Gambale would arguably sound very different if they’d never heard the likes of Michael Brecker. (more…)

Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way

Joe Walsh Rocky Mountain Way TabSlip on a slide, find yourself a talk box and let’s hit the high trail! We examine Joe Walsh’s Rocky Mountain Way. The riff is easy enough to master but the technique needed for slide pushes the rating up a couple of notches Well, I suppose it comes down to taste in the end, but, for me, Rocky Mountain Way just about sums up everything I like about guitar playing. Another memorable moment which involved this song was a line-up of guitar superstars at the Seville Guitar Festival in the early 90s getting everything hopelessly wrong in the timing department while trying to play the song in an ensemble. (more…)

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19 Dec 2012

Call and Answer. Muddy Waters Guitar Style Blues

Muddy Waters Guitar Style lessonThis time we take a look at a very familiar and basic riff idea that has a thousand different applications! Where would we be without this particular riff? It crops up time and time again throughout blues history and goes under hundreds of pseudonyms and minor variations. But it started, in all likelihood, with Muddy Waters guitar style classic track Hoochie Coochie Man. Of course, this riff was brought to the attention of millions with the recent TV ad campaign for a certain fizzy drink -you know the one, it featured a gaggle of gals going gooey over an office window cleaner whilst I Just Want To Make Love To You blasted away in the background. (more…)

Faking It. Slide guitar lesson

Jeff Beck Fake Slide GuitarThe idea here is to use the tremolo arm to emulate the kind of glissando effect normally obtained only by bottleneck players. You might find this interesting if you want to add a touch of that ‘slide guitar’ sound into your playing without having to raise the action of your instrument or worry about where to put the slide when you’re not using it. Jeff Beck: known to fake the odd slide. This technique will never sound exactly like guitarist playing with a real slide – there’s only one way to sound like an authentic slide player and that’s to become one! However, it is possible to emulate slide guitar to the extent that the listener will recognise what you’re trying to do and it’s an interesting trick to have up your sleeve. (more…)

Bo Diddley – Not Fade Away

Bo Diddley Not Fade Away TabsBuddy Holly’s classic pop with a dash of Rolling Stones and Bo Diddley’s unmistakable influence! It’s easy to forget that this track was originally penned by Buddy Holly. I think it’s probably true to say that most people think of the Stones’ version first when ‘Not Fade Away’ comes up in conversation. Or perhaps they can hear Bo Diddley’s unmistakable rhythm powering things along. What I’ve tried to do with my version is honour all of the above. If you’re after the original Holly version, you should be able to put it together by following the rhythm part alone following a quick listen to the original. A little bit of re-styling may be necessary but all the basic essentials are there. (more…)

17 Nov 2012
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