I only just got the news that the wonderful British Folk Guitar player Bert Jansch has gone to the big gig in the sky.
Kind thoughts to Friends and Family
More Bert Jansch Youtube
I only just got the news that the wonderful British Folk Guitar player Bert Jansch has gone to the big gig in the sky.
Kind thoughts to Friends and Family
More Bert Jansch Youtube
There are many acoustic guitar players who just want to play and sing and not necessarily play like virtuosos Vicente Amigo, Pierre Bensusan, or Michael Hedges. So I thought I’d do a number of short acoustic guitar articles / posts on some of the new singer guitarists who play material which sound musical and is based around simple chord patterns. The following tune is by Emily and the Woods called Never Play
This youtube video is of Doc Watson playing his Gallagher guitar complete with banjo player. The tune is the Cuckoo a traditional folk song. Its one of the most haunting songs I’ve ever heard.
For more Doc Watson, check out Deep River Blues
Here’s Antoine Dufour on Harp Guitar and Tommy Gauthier on violin playing an original composition called Solitude. Whereas many of the guitar tappers do acrobats and exhibit phenomenal skills which will push the acoustic guitar into new areas, Antoine always leans towards playing music. Tommy’s playing on this is exceptional
With the great success of the new John Butler Trio Album (Review) , I thought it would be a good idea to poat about his old tune called Zebra, the tune that first put him on the musical map commercially. One thing about John Butler’s music that sets him apart from many other players his his ability to appeal to the alternative rock audiebces as well as the commercial market and the roots and blues audience. His concerts are currently selling out pretty fast in Europe.
Acoustic Guitar Tutorial of How to Play John Butler’s – One Way Road.
It’s played on a National guitar on his lap, it is in G Major tuning DGDGBD and he uses a slide, with a mix of strumming and harmonics. This is a fantastic tutorial, complete with lounge chair
The right hand is finger picked and at a quick glance the underlying structure of the chords is G D E5 C, in the mid section it has sort of an a Am and Bm type of sound to it, the chords aren’t necessarily all played but are implied.. There’s some great riffs in it that are built around a G pentatonic scale with a little bit of a Bluegrass texture to it.
Here’s a link to the One Way Road tutorial in a larger size video John Butler One Way Road
Also note that new John Butler Album will be out very soon.
Peppino D’Agostiino is a tremendous acoustic guitar player who I first heard in the 1980’s playing open tuned guitar (think DADGAD etc) . This youtube acoustic video is of Peppino performing live at the International Guitar Night Concert, which is also available on DVD.
One of my all time electric guitar players (non jazz) is Jan Akkerman from the band Focus. I saw Focus live in the early seventies and Akkerman’s tone and mastery of the guitar was exceptional. I was very happy to locate Jan playing Hocus Pocus without the yodel on an acoustic.
here is another video of Akkerman
It’s 40 years since since I first heard Hendrix, I have never seen this. Jimi Hendrix playing Hound Dog on acoustic guitar. An absolute gem of a find. wow!
Thanks to John Francis for bringing it to my attention John Francis
The beauty of the Blog / Web technology that we have at our finger tips now is it gives people like myself who like people and music the ability to quickly put information out to a broad audience. Readers of my guitar blog sites would recognise by now that I’m always trying to support players of the acoustic guitar of all standards and genres, to inspire, introduce new players and create much healthier relationships with musicians.
Curently I’m writing a series of about thirty guitar players, which are already quite famous and ell respected in their fields. BUT I’ve also decided to do a series of 10 articles on Guitar Players who are passionate about what they do but don’t necessarily aim for the BIG stage. And as I’ve said many times... Music is About Emotions, and it’s not just about technique or getting a Grammy or recognition by musical peers.
Dan plays nylon and steel string acoustic and uses the occassional digital effect to add texture to enhance his instrumental tunes. His playing is very clean and melodic, it’s thoughful and what I have noticed is I could sit for ages with his music running and go about my business without my thoughts bcoming cluttered. This is actually very good for someone like myself, because I often find myself in a situation where I have to solve complex Web Development issues for myself and others. To have some music which is both musical from a guitarists point of view and accessible to allow the listener to move in and out, shows the quality of what he is doing.
Dan has also made his music available for Web Developers / Site Designers.
Here is the link to the Dan Tharp Site
And to hear Dan’s Music Dan Tharp Music
I first heard this tune by Everlast called What it’s like, a few years back when a guitar stdent I had said he wanted to learn it. It’s very simple and that in itself is a great lesson in music. The lesson being is that many players over complicate music, why complicate something just to be clever. I like this tune, it’s a handful of chords, the guitar part is seventy-ish but the vocal line and rhythm is sot of 90’s. It’s a Dm chord at the beginning, do a bit of ear training and work out the rest. Note the slide up when he plays the middle bit.
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For quite some years now Linda Manzer has been making some of the most beautiful guitars on the planet. A week or so back I wrote a short article about McGowan Guitars and also Olson Guitars. Canada has some brilliant guitar makers such as Laskin and Larivee.
Linda Manzer has made guitars for Pat Metheny, Carlos Santana and Bruce Cockburn to name a few. To check out her gorgeous guitars go to her site Manzer Guitars
To hear Pat Metheny play a Manzer Baritone Guitar, go to my other site at the-guitarplayer.com
Kevin Eubanks is very well known amongst Jazz players. To hear him on acoustic is a treat. I thought it would be great to introduce his playing to people that woudn’t generally get to hear him. He is from Philadelphia and has been the leader of the Tonight Show band.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel inspired many pop and folk singers to run out and buy an acoustic guitar. To watch Paul Simon develop as a musician over the years is a music lesson in itself. Graceland, the song has possibly one of the best lyric lines ever “the Mississipi Delta is shinng like a National Guitar”.
Credit where it’s due, Paul Simon has helped shape contemporary music. Lefty by Art Garfunkel is one of my all time favourite vocal albums, I’m surprised it never had massive success.
Many guitar players around the world that have played acoustic guitar for years and have been avid watchers and listeners of its development, would know the impact of Davey Graham the British guitar player. For many players he was their inspiration in sending them off in another direction. Have a listen to this old recording on youtube video of Davey Graham and you might very well hear a similarity in what Jimmy Page did on the Led Zeppelin 111 album. Davey Graham had an impact on other great players of the time such as Nick Drake, John Martyn, John Renbourn, Richard Thompson, all his contemporaries, but the Davey Graham flavour is definitely there, also there’s more cigarette smoke in there than I’ve seen in about 30 years or so. I could almost post this amongst crazy hippy sixties stuff, but the guitar playing is of too much value.
This video is part of a film from the late sixties, complete with gypsy hippy dancer floating backwards and forward in front of Davey in a cafe. Most of us that play open tuned guitar recognise Davey Graham for his contribution to DADGAD guitar.
Also check out Jimmy Page from Led zeppelin playing acoustic guitar on Bron-yr-aur Stomp, it could be of great interest when you hear the rhythm part
This Youtube video features Phil Keaggy playing his Olson guitar and is more adventurous than my previous post where Phil Keaggy was playing more of a slow introverted tune. In this one the acoustic guitarist is using more contemporary techniques such as tapping, its also very percussive and full of harmonics and hammer ons andlots of arpeggios (Chords broken up) . This is really an interesting video for players that are not overly familiar with these techniques and are looking for ways to expand their guitar players toolbox.
If you like these type of techniques and are not familiar with Andy McKee, then I suggest you check out the Andy McKee Youtube Video at my other Guitar Blog Site the-guitarplayer.com.
Both my sites are regularly updated with quality acoustic guitar material.
This youtube video of Phil Keaggy playing Acoustic Guitar is a very good example of a guitar player that is really thinking about texture. Although it’s great to play spontaneously, when you take the time to consider simple things such as when to use a plectrum (pick) or when to drop it and play fingerstyle, you’ll ultimately end up with a result that suits the flavor of the tune. Phil Keaggy is now one of the acoustic guitar players at the forefront of his craft, which equals playing beautiful guitar. He’s a player worth exploring.
This video of Phil has him playing an Olson guitar (a notable guitar worth owning), the use of amplification is very good in this clip and doesn’t destroy the guitar’s sound, the amplification /processing adds a little depth to the recording.
He also is using a Schubb capo, my favourite because they don’t put the guitar totally out of tune if you kuse them right. Personally I use my schubb upside down because I find it gives me better intonation.
This tune is called the Wind and the Wheat, a very sensitive tune, the type that is worthwhile learning for when you want to just sit around and play and get lost in your playing.
Quite frankly I find his playing exceptional and he’s a playing that is not going to go away.
For more brilliant fingerstyle guitar check out my other guitar site / blog over at
the guitar player featuring Pierre Bensusan
The Home Page of the Guitar Player is the-guitarplayer.com
it also has many youtube guitar videos and guitar Scales in TAB form as well as the music notation.
The La Patrie nylon string guitars have become very popular lately, I’m not surprised either, value per dollar they are possible the best I’ve seen around.
For those Australians that have been waiting a while to get their hands on one because of limited availability, I was in Murwillumbah Music (ph 0266-725404) today in the Northern Rivers, just south of Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast, and North of Byron Bay, I noticed a couple in there. I’d get one for my son but he’s taken to one of my steel string acoustics, so he’s going to have to wait.
The La Patrie guitars are Canadian, I’m still trying to sort out why they are so cheap. And no I can’t sell you one but regardless of that, it’s important for people to be aware of what is out there, and as the role of this guitar blog site is to upgrade the standard and bring an awareness, I ,thought it would be nice to post briefly about them.
Where do you go to my lovely when you’re alone in your bed by Peter Sarstedt If you remember this song you’ll know why I’ve posted it. I’ve decided to post a couple of nostalgic Youtubes, songs that stand up by themselves that buskers and solo acoustic guitar players and singers would perform. As a soloist it’s always a brilliant tune to throw in every now and then. No, it’s not part of the Hippy Songs of the Seventies because everyone could relate to it. The story line is fantastic, very cutting I guess but very likeable. Note: this tune was from 1969.
There are a couple of videos going around, this one is a touch short but I think is more beautiful than another more recent one.
At a guess that looks like an old Eko guitar.
Also, here is the other version
You may also like this San Francisco
Acoustic Guitar song by Don Maclean
Don Maclean arrived on the commercial music scene with his simple guitar and voice in the early seventies. His ability to paint pictures with his lyrics and tell a tale like a true baladeer is second to none. This song is perfect in every way and any one that has bothered to learn and play the tune would have probably seen the brilliance in the simplicity of it.
Guitar Blogs, the idea of a Guitar Blog for some people I have met seems a little unusual. In fact any type of blogging seems crazy to some people. So I thought Im’d write a small article on why on earth it is important to someone like myself.
Some people consider a Blog as strictly a diary that is in a digital form on the web, and yes that’s /a valid interpretation of a blog but it is only one vrsion of the blog ‘truth’. I have reasonably high level web skills, because I teach web development for a living, so apart from being a user of web technology, I’m also a teacher of it. I became interested in Blogs for one simple reason. People and students that I had ,met were all wanting some sort of web presence, some sort of online place to show what they had. As I was teaching web design at the time, it seems too complex a challenge for people with limited computer and web skills to put all the pieces together and create websites. Easy if you know how of course. When I noticed wha was happening at Blogger/ Blogspot (now a Google baby inh the same way that youtube is) I decided it was easier to teach how to use an online Web Application than go through the ins and outs of web development, both the client side and what’s happening at the other end.
So here’s what convinced me about doing Guitar blogs:
The content can easily be updated on a regular basis without having to rebuild or add pages to a site.
It displays in a chronological order, newest content above the oldest.
I can add video, audo and images simply
There are multiple tools for doing specific tasks.
I can write any content I like and have it fit comfortably into the template.
So instead of writing about my dog, what i had for dinner, what’s the latest at the movies I write specific articles about guitars, acoustic, blues, fingerstyle, how to play scales, I add youtubes, tips on how to be a better guitar layer. So really when it comes down to it,’guitar blogs are the obvious solution to what I wish to do, which is, share the information that I have learnt over a 38 year period of plying guitar. And I still love it as much as when I started 38 years ago when I was 14.
don’t underestimate the content in the articles, there are many here if you click back through the calender on the side bar. And if you want to see my other very cool blog, go there as well. The Guitar Player
Major Scales for Guitar are very common and it is truly worth your while learning them. They are not necessarily the absolute best for improvisation, they are useful to help train your ears and to learn what notes fall into particular keys. I have listed five of the essential ones in the Keys of:
C, G, D, A, and E
Practice them slowly and carefully, concentrate on tone and listen closely. After a period of time playing guitar, you’ll end up being able to automatically hear a note and play it. I recommend quietly humming the notes as you play them, this will help you develop the skill of playing what you hear in your head.
To Download the Printable Version, Click on the Link: essential_major_scales
Many people may remember the Grateful Dead and the legendary Jerry Garcia, this youtube video features the Dead Guitarists playing acoustic blues guitar, it’s from the early eighties. The Dead are big part of musical history. This acousticblues has a bit of Country Blues feel.
If you like Jerry Garcia, I have also posted about a youtube of Jerry and David Grisman the brilliant mandolin player doing B B King’s The Thrill is Gone. Click Jerry Garcia – David Grisman link to see.
Don Ross is an exceptional acoustic guitar player. It’s almost politically incorrect these days to say ýou should’ but I’ll say it anyway, you should hear this guy. He use a thumbpick and fingers, lots of harmonics hammers and taps with his picking hand, he’s probably one of the most confident players I’ve heard. He’s one of the many brilliant musicians to have come out of Canada.
This song is called Michael, Michael, Michael
In my previous article about Blues Scales for Guitar I listed five essential blues scales.
The basic Blues Chords to use witrh these scales are:
C Blues = C7, F7, G7 (Please note you could also just use C7 F and G)
G Blues= G7, C7, D7 (Please note you could also just use G7 C and D)
D Blues = D7, G7, A7 (Please note you could also just use D7 G and A)
A Blues = A7, D7, E7 (Please note you could also just use A7 D and E)
E Blues = E7, A7, B7 (Please note you could also just use E7 A and B)
Experienced players would realise that there are many other possible chord patterns that could be used, this article is designed to help players that are new to playing blues and the idea is to keep it reasonably simple.
If you’ve been playing guitar for sometime, and don’t know these simple blues scales, I advise that you get stuck into them straight away. I’ve done the basic blues scales in five keys: C , G, D, A, and E. The fingers I’ve used are on one of many possibilities. If you are new to my site and have played blues scales before, you’ll notice I’ve used some unusual fingerings, this IS intentional. As a rule guitarists get lazy and sit and meander through scales, running fingers up and down the neck with out too much thought, that way of doing things has little to do with music and a lot to do with mechanics…I can’t stand it. These fingers are designed to make you think and feel the notes. Avoid playing like a robot. you’ll notice that the D scale is moveable, it’s more in the traditional way of playing scales and if you aren’t careful you may find yourself not thinking too much about this one.
Concentrate, turn of the television, listen to the texture of the notes. I particularly like the use of open notes in scales, they are tremendous on acoustic guitar.
Click the blue link for the Printable Version of essential blues scales for guitar
For Country Blues Scales that are usable over thousands of songs go to:
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
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
This site is continually updated with quality resources and inspirational material.
John Mayer is very young as a guitar player but he has already in a short period of time managed to mark his mark as a guitar player. His right hand technique is a little unusual, he plays a bit like a slap bass player at times. He seems to have taken the picking hand percussive style that John Martyn made famous in the seventies, into its next phase. No doubt he’s not the only that is doing it but he is out there in the commercial market as a pioneer of this style. Non guitarists may not quite pick up what I’m talking about but it is unusual. What fascinates me is his ability to sing as well.
I like it!
Poco – Rose of Cimarron with Eagles bass player
Poco was a band that had some brilliant musicians over the years. If you look closely at the bass player in this youtube video you’ll notice it’s none other than the Eagles bass player Timothy B Schmit, not only a bass player but has always sung tremendous harmony. Some of you may be familiar with Poco, if not think ‘musical legends’. Rusty Young, Richie Furay, Randy Meisner, Jim Messina from Loggins and Messina, Paul Cotton all passed through Poco. Mi favourite albums were Head Over Heels and Blue and Gray. I guess many people have wondered why they never had the same status as Crosby Stills Nash and Young, , Eagles or America in the seventies, their contribution was equal to any of the other acoustic country rock bands. They get my vote.
NOTE: As one kind reader pointed out, Paul Cotton and Rusty Young are still performing with Poco.
For David Crosby solo, check this youtube video of David Crosby
I’ve writen this three part Rockabilly Blues Riff because as a long term musician/ teacher and student of the guitar, I know it’s easier to be focused on developing our skills when have some short term outcomes to reach. If we work on just one thing it’s easy to forget it fast, but when we have a few things that are similar there’s more chance of being self discipled enough to commit to doing a small series of guitar exercises.
So here’s the 3rd part, it’s a 20 bar blues, yes sounds like a mad idea, you’ll see why it’s 20 bars, it works nicely. In the breaks where there’s rests, eventually you could put in some nice guitar fills, but sort out the main riffs first.
For the printable guitar and TAB notation click the link below
For the 6 part Pentatonic Guitar Scales with a difference go to:
The Guitar Player
You may not be familiar with ani diFranco. This youTube video is of Ani plaing a beautiful looking (to me) four string guitar, used to be called tipples. I first became aware of Ani deFranco’s music when she toured here, and when I saw a video of here doing ‘i’m not angry anymore’, I was sold forever.
The David Crosby Guinnevere youtube video is a follow up to my previous post about David’s song Thousand Roads which I wrote quite some time ago. This one is with Graham Nash former member of the Hollies. As stated in that post I like David Crosby’s And here’s a link to the other post of David Crosby musicality. It was one of the classic Crosby Stills and Nash songs. Notice the use of simple accompaniment that holds together. Love the harmony in this. This one will take you back in time.
And here’s a link to the David Crosby video youtube mentioned above – Thousand Roads
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina were one of a number of successful duets around in the early seventies. I’m thinking seals and Crofts, Batdorf and Rodney, England Dan and John Ford Coley.
Loggins and Messina had some excellent albums in their day such as Full Sail, Sittin In, Motherlode. I was very interested to find this 1972 youtube, it’s raw and it was even a bit of a hit in it’s day. So for nostalgic reasons I’ve posted about it. They had some very beautiful guitar work in songs like Watching the River Run.
So here’s The House at Pooh Corner, remember this is 36 years ago.
Rockabilly Blues for Guitar is the second of my three part TAB and Music Notation design to get the fingers going and get you playing a few riffs that you would never have played. They will sound familiar because I’ve written them around standard chord patterns and riffs. you’ll notice a few twists. A great way of learning is to play something that is within your ability but also have a small part that will push you a little. What is comfortable for one player is not so easy for another. It’s good to get your fingers into new positions that you wouldn’t come up with yourself, this helps you to break old habits.
OK, lets have a look at this. The second bar starts to mirror bar 1 but goes up an octave.
Bars 3 and 4 are just repeats.
When we go up to the C chord in bar 5, we start moving up and then back down in bar 6.
Bar 7 and 8 are repeats of 1 and 2
Bar 9 is a similar riff to bar 1 but playing of the D chord
Bar 10 is exactly the same as bar 9 but down a whole tone.
Bar 11 bar is similar to bar 1 but goes up to the G note. Cut that note short
Bar 12 has the turnaround D7th chord but NOTE: it cmes in on beat 2 and a half ( count 1 and 2 and)
This Rockabilly Blues is very usable if you play it in time and with feeling.
Click the link for the printable version of rockabilly_blues_in_g_part_2
Here is the link for Part 1 Rockabilly Blues Guitar
Part 3 is coming soon as I write it, within the next 4 days
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.
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
Keith Richards playing acoustic Blues guitar. If you are a Rolling Stones fan you’ve got to see this youtube video of ‘Keef’ playing acoustic guitar in the key of A, 32 20 Blues, Robert Johnson style. Complete with ‘tude and ‘ciggie’ hangin’ out of mouth. I love the tone of the old Gibson guitar.
In fact, even iof you don’t like the Stones, if you play guitar, check it out
Joni Mitchell is one of the truly great acoustic guitar innovators. A lot of people that aren’t guitar addicts may not realize how great she is and would just see her as a good songwriter, poet and singer. Don’t be fooled by those labels, her contribution to open tuned acoustic guitar is almost unparalleled. Others such as Davey Graham, Michael Hedges, Pierre Bensusan, Alex De Grassi and others made massive contributions to this artform that has pushed the guitar into new areas but Joni Mitchells work really neds to be explored by guitar players, her relaxed style, her throwing out the rule book, unconvential strumming/picking hand. And the amount of open tunings she used to create a backdrop for her musical poetry. I was fortunate enought o see her live, wow.
Don’t be fooled, she is extraordinary. The song is Night Ride Home
in this song she’s playing a semi-acoustic. The song is Edith and the Kingpin
Note Pat Metheny in the background. Here is a link to Pat Metheny on a Linda Manzer Baritone Acoustic Guitar. PAT METHENY