The Kinks were very famous in the sixties and seventies, often people only think of the song Lola, love it or hate it. There was a song that I heard in the late sixties that would always make me turn up the radio. The main rhythm part is on acoustic guitar, but there are some brilliant little guitar lines going on in the background if you take the time to listen closely and some very nice harmonies and oohs filling up the music-scape. If you missed this song because your grandparents or parents had poor taste in music, it’s worth a listen and would definitely go onto my ‘Best of The Sixties’ album if I were permitted to do a compilation.
To hear another classic song, do yourself a favour, don’t forget your kaftan
Classic song – If you’re going to San Francisco
Jerry Reed is a singer guitarist and songwriter….and even an actor. He had hits with a song called Guitar Man, a song that Elvis Presley covered, as well as receiving a Grammy, recording a hit called Amos Moses. He has apperaed with the legend Chet Atkins and numerous others.
He’s a sensational country guitarist, his style is easily recognizable.
About 25years ago I went into a guitar shop to buy a Gibson 335, when I check out new guitars I’ll generally play tunes that involve playing from one end of the fretboard to another. There’s a song that was written by Stefan Grossman in the style of Jerry Reid. I played the Grossman tune and when I’d finished, the guitarman callked out from the back of the shop, play some more Jerry Reid, That’s how distunguishable his sound is.
The information that I write about on this guitar blog site is not strictly for one style or level of musicianship, it is designed to cover all styles, solo as well as accompaniment, fingerstyle as well as plectrum guitar. This tune makes me laugh… oh yes and the other player of course is… Chet.
Most guitar players have heard of Lighning Hopkins, Muddy Waters, B B King, Robert Johnson but one legendary player that may have slipped past you is Mance Lipscomb. This tune is the Classic Baby Please Don’t Go.
If you’d like to see Lightning Hopkins doing classic acoustic blues guitar go to:
This youtube video of Jack Johnson is so refreshing to hear, he plays just what’s necessary, simple acoustic rhythm guitar that holds the songs together. Uncomplicated, melodic, a great lesson for us all when we take it all too seriously and need to come to basics of why we play music. The tune is called Better Together, if you know the name of the harp player please let me know, it’s great accompaniment and it’s an injustice not to mention the harp player.
To see Jack Johnson and Ben Harper together, go to Jack Johnson and Ben Harper
I don’t usually include many nylon stringers in my posts, but this is worth hearing if you haven’t heard it. It is Jose Gonzalez the Swedish born musician of Argentian descent. The song is called Heartbeats. He’s capoed up at fret one, it’s extremely beautiful, played perfectly and is the vocal line works well against the guitar part.
I first became aware of the guitar player Kaki King when I read a Frets magazine a couple of years back, it had an article about her, in it they said she was one of the most interesting guitarists since Michael Hedges, that was enough for me to take notice. Her technique is worth watching, it’s unconventional but that’s how music forges ahead, throw the rule book out of the window. This youtube video of her is very good and the tune stands up, she’s playing an Ovation guitar. The Ovations came to the fore in the mid seventies because they were one of the best acoustics to you in a live situation. For me, this tune is a little Hedgesish (as in Michael Hedges style).
Country Guitar Scales are worth knowing, they’ll save you hours of messing around. Really they are just Minor Blues Scales starting on a different note. I’ve done them in basic TAB and music notation for guitar.
Most guitar players want shortcuts, from my experience, these scales are the greatest shortcut for improvisation and soloing that I have ever encountered. People that can’t really solo of songs suddenly find that their guitar playing opens up.
If you are new to guitar you may not realise how many years of work I’ve just saved save you by posting this article. Practice slowly, with feeling. Below I have listed the three basic chords for each of the scales, yes there are more and aso many more scales. And yes there are many more fingerings, but you know what? These work!
Chords listed below, the scales followed by 3 basic chords
C Country Scale: C D Eb E G A C
Chords : C F G
G Country Scale: G A Bb B D E G
Chords: G C D
D Country Scale: D E F F# A B D
Chords: D G A
A Country Scale: A B C C# E F# A
Chords: A D E
E Country Scale: E F# G G# B C# E
Chords: E A B
I have uploaded the printable version click the link for the acrobat reader pdf file: country_blues_scales
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