This video lesson teaches the intro to 'Why Georgia,' taken off John Mayer's 'Room For Squares' album. Unfortunately, this tune is no where near as easy as he's able to make it look.
The chord sequence in the intro essentially moves between G Major - Dadd4 and then moves to a C Major 9 chord (with some embellishments).
The percussive 'tap' that he achieves is best left until you've mastered the main section, much easier to execute if you add it later. The C Major 9 chord requires a fair bit of switching fingers so ensure that you've made the shape become second nature before progressing on.
It's a brilliant tune to play on acoustic guitar and more importantly, it's an excellent one to pull out in the guitar shop when trying out new guitars!
This is one for those who wish to be terrified and/or inspired in equal measures!
Some may not know about Mr Guthrie Govan, arguably one of the world's most incredible and also one of the most (incredibly humble) guitar players.
This clip emphasises his absolute ease with the instrument and his ability to move effortlessly between different styles of music. Whilst some could argue that playing a heavy metal solo over a bebop jazz tune is not appropriate, he demonstrates enough musicality to get away with it!
Check out how he uses his fingers to vary the tone and attack, this is an opportunity to watch an absolute master of his craft.
The overdrive pedal is an essential part of every guitarist's kitbag. I wanted to take Fulltone's ubiquitous 'Fulldrive 2' for a spin. I've used it for years and always found it to be able to balance just the right level of overdrive with some decent clean boost sounds - ideal for anyone playing Blues/Jazz/Rock etc.
I think it's always important to explore as many of the settings as possible but inevitably, as guitar players we usually find 2/3 sounds that we like and end up sticking with those! This video demo should help anyone who is interested in hearing a few different variations. I tried to keep things fairly neutral too (clean guitar signal through valve amp).
Clearly, nothing beats trying the pedal out for yourself. Also, don't underestimate the importance of using this pedal through your own guitar and amp (where possible), It's all relative!
Please share any thoughts you have on the video itself and whether you feel there is anything else you'd like to see in my gear reviews.
This is an absolutely masterful take on building rhythm guitar parts.
Paul Jackson Jr is a very accomplished session player, having played on hundreds on records for artists such as Michael Jackson, Daft Punk & George Duke. Check his exhaustive list of album credits here:
The video itself focusses on the following chord progression:
CMaj7 - Bb/C - FMaj7 - Emin9 - F/G - G
Mr Jackson then creates a guitar part around these chords, using intervals to create an incredibly creative and exciting accompaniment. This emphasises the importance of understanding the intervals within the chords and experimenting with them to create music.
This style of rhythm guitar does very much come from a smooth R&B/soul background, notice how he uses palm mutes and slides to add dynamics to the part, not to mention an incredible sense of sitting in the rhythmic 'pocket!'
This video is well worth a watch, as are other clips from his DVD, 'The Science of Rhythm Guitar.'
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