Check out this video lesson on how to play the Hendrix classic. Some beautiful rhythm guitar parts throughout and a great tune to play!
Here's my take on the classic solo from Brian May. In this solo, Brian makes fantastic use of the Eb Major Scale, some very classical (esque) ideas here too. These phrases are complemented with some cracking vibrato, listen carefully to how he holds back in the phrases. Rhythmically the phrases are very difficult to play, as ever when learning a solo such as this, use your ears as much as possible!
Here's a tutorial taking you through the piece 'get off' from the Rockschool Guitar Grade one book. Make sure you have the book to hand so you can see each section and work through it slowly. Students tend to struggle most with the change from the Am to Dm chords so, be careful to work on this prior to getting it up to speed. Enjoy and keep practicing!
Here is a quick tutorial on how to play some classic funk, 'Le Freak' by Chic - featuring Nile Rodgers on guitar. This example uses a heavily syncopated pattern with some pretty intense right hand muting.
An awareness of 16th note or (semiquaver) subdivisions will help you nail this one. Start by playing four muted 16th notes, accenting the first, using string up and down right hand strums. Then start repeating the pattern, its much easier once you have an understanding of the subdivisions to feel and hear the tune! Check out the video for a full tutorial.
If you're interested, you can check out Nile Rodgers' pretty comprehensive discography here!:
A subject which divides many a guitar player - the notion of 'technique'. For years as a younger player, I thought technique was related to speed and being able to play as fast as possible. However, as I later discovered, being able to play cleanly, in time and with a clear and even sound is a much better indication of having good 'technique.'
Check out this video where I demonstrate a few ways in which you can improve your technique, of which don't involve playing the pentatonic scale as fast as possible! It takes patience and time but take things slowly and the sound coming from your guitar will improve dramatically.
Here is my take on the classic 'Hotel California' solo. For all you guitar geeks out there, the solo using elements of B Minor Pentatonic and B Harmonic Minor. There are some particularly tricky string bending techniques used here, it's the ultimate opportunity to perfect your technique and fine tune your soloing prowess!
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