Landing somewhere between the classic rock sounds of the Beatles, the bottom-heavy pop metal of AC/DC, and today’s mainstream offerings, Tonic’s Open Up Your Eyes is rapidly becoming a favorite guitar piece with contemporary audiences. The A&M artists scored a big No. 2 on the Modern Rock charts with this single in late 1996 and threaten to make even bigger waves with their debut album, Lemon Parade.
Cream 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…)
Jazz 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:
As 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:
In 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…)
Alice in Chains kept hard rock alive in the face of the 90s alternative explosion. The Seattle band was certainly as eclectic and as experimental – as alternative – as the best of them, but never lost its rocking edge, thanks in large part to the crunchy guitar work of Jerry Cantrell. They succeeded in bringing the heritage of the Stones, Van Halen, and AC/DC into the grunge arena, and in having it seem fresher and more dangerous than ever – which is exemplified on 1996’s Alice in Chains album, and the standout cut Over Now. Over Now began life as a home demo by Cantrell and was brought to the band, along with “Grind” and “Again,” shortly before the sessions. (more…)