I haven’t got that much in the way of gear-related information on my site, but I know from the comments and emails I get that loads of you are interested in what guitars, amps, effects I use, how I get certain sounds etc. So I thought I’d start doing the occasional video or lesson along those lines. I’m kicking off with this look at a mini pedal board which I put together recently. Let me know if you enjoy this kind of thing and I can do more. I’m thinking maybe some videos on my different guitars and amps, some on how to use effects…
I’ve gone major pentatonic mad this week with three new videos on probably every guitarist’s second favourite scale. There’s this video which takes you through a rock-style solo that demonstrates a few ways you might get some of these sounds into your playing. If the whole idea of the major pentatonic is totally new to you, then you might like to check out a couple of new videos in the resources section which will take you through the basics. Over the coming weeks I want to continue to update and improve on the resources section of the site, to make it a bit more detailed and comprehensive. So I’ll try and do some similar lessons on other common scale types.
With their angry riffs and abrasive guitar tones Gang of Four are never going to be everybody’s musical cup of tea. But even if this isn’t the kind of music you’re naturally drawn to, definitely give it a chance. Andy Gill is a real original whose style deliberately goes against all the usual guitaristic conventions. And they’re a hugely influential band too, with everyone from Nirvana to the Red Hot Chili Peppers borrowing heavily from their sound. In this video I’m looking at 3 of my favourite riffs from their debut album Entertainment. Check out the video here.
Wanna make your guitar sound like a chicken? Let me show you how…Here’s a new video examining perhaps the definitive country guitar technique. Check it out here.
The Velvet Underground are one of my favourite bands, but I’ve not really taken a look at any of their songs properly before, unless you count the basic version of Sunday Morning I included as part of my beginner’s course. So I’m putting that right with this in depth look at the beautiful ballad Pale Blue Eyes from their 3rd album. There’s something for everybody here: Lou Reed’s beginner friendly strumming, and a more intricate lead guitar part from Sterling Morrison. I’ve split the lesson over two videos. Check out Part one, which looks at the basic rhythm parts here. I cover the lead guitar in Part 2.
I’ve only gone and made a lesson on bloody Johnny B Goode! I did definitely think twice about filming this three-part series on Chuck Berry’s classic, simply because it’s such an over-familiar, clichéd song to most people. But I’m really glad I went ahead. It’s about time I had a few of the all-time guitar classics up on my site, and I’ve tried to make this the most complete and accurate exploration of JBG out there.
If you don’t know this one yet, it’s definitely a must-learn track for any guitarist. If you already know it, then it might still be worth taking a look. Through making the videos I discovered quite a few new things myself, even though I’ve been playing the song for absolutely ages. Check it out: Part 1 – Intro, Part 2 – Rhythm, Part 3 – Solo.