Duane Eddy – Peter Gunn

Duane Eddy Peter GunnAlong with The Shadows’ Hank Marvin, Duane Eddy has to be one of the most successful instrumental guitarists to emerge from the rock’n’roll era. Born April 26th, 1938, in New York, Eddy began playing guitar at the age of five. He was influenced by such guitarists as Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Barney Kessel. Duane was renowned for his simple melodies (more often than not played on the bottom strings of the guitar) and healthy doses of trem-arm vibrato and reverb. Eddy’s career continued through the 50s and 60s, with this track, ‘Peter Gunn’, being used for the soundtrack to the film The Blues Brothers. (more…)

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19 Nov 2012

AC/DC – Hells Bells

If you like High Voltage rock’n’roll and you’re on a Highway to Hell into Rock’n’Roll Damnation, then dig out that old school uniform and… Let There Be Rock! Hells Bells. Okay, I know that introduction sounded like a corny opening to the Tommy Vance Friday Night Rock Show, but there’s no doubt about it, AC/DC have made their mark on rock’n’roll history. Back in Black is one of the biggest-selling rock albums of all time and this classic track from almost 30 years ago still sounds as fresh as a daisy. (more…)

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14 Nov 2012

Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water

The subject matter of Smoke On The Water is part of rock folklore, relating as it does some of the more colourful incidents which occurred during the making of Deep Purple’s seminal Machine Head album (released 1972). The heard on Machine Head, and it’s been arranged so that the main guitar part features the lead break in the solo section, and the rhythm work elsewhere in the track. The additional rhythm heard underneath the solo has been transcribed separately, and you’ll hear this part isolated on the backing track. Let’s get stuck in… (more…)

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14 Nov 2012

Metallica – Stone Cold Crazy

Metallica Stone Cold Crazy guitar tab

The original version of this tune, as every self-respecting Queen fan will know, can be found on the 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack. The Metallica version is noteworthy in that it represents the only time the band have ever covered a tune because they were told to: it was commissioned by Electra Records as part of the a double CD entitled Rubaiyat intended to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The easiest way to track down the recording now is to find the Garage Inc album, which includes ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ under the heading ‘B-Sides and One-Offs, 88-91′. (more…)

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13 Nov 2012
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