This youtube features David Crosby. Crosby, the first name in the awesome band Crosby, Stills, Nash and later on, Young. He may not have had the same success solo as did Neil Young, but it was his solo stuff and material with Graham Nash that I always was most fascinated by. His voice and his open tuning guitar wer a perfect combination. David Crosby was a former member of the Byrds, think ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ and ‘Hey Mr Tambourine Man’ , he band also included Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn. The harmonies of the Byrds and later on CSN set the standard for other bands, who could forget their version of Woodstock and Wooden Ships. It would be correct to say I love this guys musicality and if you aren’t aware of his solo material check him out.
Note: David Crosby and his buddies would often use open tunied guitars.
Here is his Official Website – David Crosby
This David Crosby youtube is called A Thousand Roads
I’ll continue to post articles, guitar hints, approaces to glearning guitar, TAB, guitar notation and youtubes on a regular basis.
The Rockabilly Blues that I have written the Guitar Tab and Music Notation for is the first of a series of three. Once you get this one worked out play it fast but make sure it is in time. It will roll off your fingers in no time.
It’s important as a guitar player to be able to play lots of variations of simple riffs over common chord patterns. By doing this it wil help you become a strong improviser and after some time it will be easy to go from guitar accompaniment directly into a solo in a seamless manner. Often as a guitar player you’ll find yourself in a situation where thee are a number of guitar players playing at once. Someone is always going to go for the straight rhythm guitar and sure enough, a few others will want to solo over the top of everything. So the ability to be able to play melodic parts to accompany a piece of music is very useful and a lot of other players often won’t even consider doing it.
Parts two and three will be a little more complex. I will upload these within the next couple of days, come back and give them a try.
The printable version is available to download, the following link will open the acrobat reader pdf file rockabilly_blues_in_g_part_1
Blues Rockabilly Riff, I wrote this a few minutes ago. I was thinking a little about Flatt and Scruggs the great Bluegrass players and I picked up the nearest guitar that I could find, which happened to be my semi-acoustic Ibanez 105N, pictured below.
I was going to write a Bluegrass type of tune and the following came out instead, it’s sort of a rockabilly riff I guess, a litle like ‘Your Mamma Don’t Dance’ by Loggins and Messina. It’s what I call a ‘Three Chord Wonder’, a tune with three chords only but a valid piece of music.
You could play it slow, fast, Electric, Acoustic, Swing…whatever. So long as it is IN TIME. Start slow and gradually get your speed up. So many players are in a hurry to play fast, it’ll come.
To download the printable pdf file click the link g_blues_rock_riff
I first heard Dan Fogelberg around the time that Souvenirs came out. In fact one of my all time favourite songs is Wysteria of the Homefree album
If you want to do the Acoustic Guitar Singer Songwriter thing, thisis how to do it. A poem, a story a ballad, a simple melody and a guitar part that stands up by itself, hamer ons, simple chords and and a straight forward finger picking hand. Dan Fogelbergs death was a loss to the musical community. But the beauty of the technology we have is it’s ability to capture and freeze time.
A sentimental tune and it was great that he was successful with it because many people would have got to hear a lot of his other music. If you are not aware of Dan Fogelbergs music, explore his first few albums. This guy is good and as a singer songwriter it’s the level to aspire to.
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James Taylor playing Fire and Rain, his flawless fingerpicking on an Olsen guitar is a reminder how a well written song can stand up over time. This acoustic guitar recording is about ten years old now. Gone is the hair, and the face is a little older but the silky tenor voice still has a gorgeous texture.
The second version is closer to original recording time. It’s a wonderful trip down memory lane.
I’ve posted two versions on my guitar blog site so you can make a comparison.
It’s a reminder to us all how music is not necessarily something that we do for a little while, once we can play it can be with us our whole life. The need for us all to express emotions is an essential part of living a healthy emotional life.
Acoustic Twelve Bar Blues in A is a simple guitar lesson I wrote tonight. It’s called the Daily Lama Blues, please excuse my play on words, it just seemed topical. It’s a basic twelve bar chord pattern that you could play with a pick or fingerstyle. Yesterday I posted about a Keith Richard (from the Rolling Stones) acoustic blues and it inspired me to write a Blues Guitar tune that could easily be built upon and turned into a piece of music that would easily stand up as a tune in any blues repertoire. Like everything I do on my sites, it is copyrighted by default.
This blues should be played at a slow pace. You could use a straight sort of A minor Blues scale but if you want something more interesting, have a look through this guitar blog site or my other one at the-guitarplayer.com and you’ll find things that will get you out of those boring old patterns.
Here is the TAB and Guitar Music Notation
To download the printable Guitar Blues Arrangement in the Key of A in TAB and Music Notation click the link