Monthly Archives: January 2009

John Martyn Dead – Sad News

I sadly have just heard the news that the great John Martyn has passed on.

The Rolling Stone Article  John Martyn Dead 

I’m sure may guitars across the world are grateful for his beautiful music.

Here is a simple audio youtube of his beautiful song Head and Heart

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Cold Play Acoustic Youtube – Chris Martin Solo

It’s always very healthy to hear some of the more famous musicians and band members without a band, just a guitar and voice.  It helps the guitar player who is just starting out to put things into perspective and to take away the mystery and hype which builds up due to marketing, production and technology.  Then, when you hear them without the rest of the stuff going on in the music industry, it’s possible to make greater sense of their playing and where you are at as a player.

So here is Chris Martin from Cold Play on youtube video just with an acoustic guitar and voice and minimal sound production.  I love this guys voice and is awsome falsetto. The tune is called Trouble. First time I heard Coldplay some years back, I thought, Oh what have we got here.

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How to Improvise on Guitar – Part 1 of 6

A lot of guitar players get a little stuck when they go it improvise.   They’ll play scales for hours  to get the fingers going but it oesn’t sound musical.  About 30 years ago I really got stuck into all the modes and scales and became a very fast player, but in the end, that’s what I was, a fast guitar player.

What I’ve done is scrible down some TABS and Guitar Music Notation some simple lines to play over a very common chord pattern.  As you work through it you’ll notice that I have broken out of the standard musical cliques of playing straight scales, if you listen closely you’ll hear a mix of jazz and country/bluegrass  in the lines.  There are a milion things you could play over these chords; I’ve stuck to a straight melodic pattern but have used a combo of fretted and a few open notes and the occassional partial chord.  If you play this very slowly you’ll get a lot from it.

How to Improvise on Guitar

How to Improvise on Guitar

Click the Link to download the printable version of How to Improvise on Guitar Chords

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Acoustic Guitar Chords for Duets


Guitar Duet Chords Tab and Notation

Guitar Duet Chords Tab and Notation

Often as an acoustic guitar player you will find yourself in a situation where there is more than one guitar player playing chords.  For me there is nothing more annoying than hearing two or three guitar players playing the same chords at the same time, a little out of sync with each other.  It’s easy to trip over each other if you are not really sharp about your playing.  So what I have decided to do is post a few articles with some common chords  and some alternatives  further up the fretboard for a second player to play.  I’ve started with a number of common major chords.  You will also find these articles useful for if you are doing multi track recording.  Over the years I have played with many other guitar players and have developed very good skills at playing complimentary guitar parts.

To download the printable version click Guitar Chord Duets

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Paco De Lucia Youtube Flamenco

Here’s a very interesting video of the great flamenco guitar player Paco de Lucia.  The tune is called Solea.  As many would realise, Paco is a very adventurous guitar playr that has explored other areas of music apart from flamenco guitar, he toured extensively with the great jazz rock guitar players John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola.  I was fortunate enough to see the three of those incredible legends live in concert, also on the samne night Steve Morse joined them on stage for a number of tunes.

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Peter Mulvey Youtube Acoustic Guitar

I found this guy Peter Mulvey by accident and I thought it would be nice to share his playing with you.  It’s very thoughtful acoustic guitar and this tune also has some nice harmonics and tapping, so as a fellow guitar player I  totally appreciate what he does . Peter is also a singer songwriter, his site is at PeterMulvey Dot Com

Here is his acoustic fingerstyle video Youtube called Black Rabbit


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Asa Youtube – Fire on the Mountain

Here’s a very interesting tune by the Nigerian singer that is now making a name for herself in Europe.   Asa was born in France of Nigerian heritage, she returned to Nigeria at two but later returned to France.  Her music is a mix of Reggae, R & B, pop and African.  What separates her out from many of the other singers is her usage of a nylon string for rhythm playing.  Her self titled album is excellent.  This song, Fire on the Mountain is quite a sttement.  I aknowledge to speak up about issues that are important to her and others.

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