Discussion in 'Lessons & Techniques' started by DrBGood, May 23, 2019.
I'm having fun learning She's Got Legs and trying to dial in Billy Gibbon's tone.
Haven't started on it yet but next song on my list to learn is AccaDacca's "If You Dare". Really excited to learn that riff after the solo
I've gone from playing with myself to playing in a sorta band, so we're working on a bunch of stuff. Highway to Hell, War Pigs, Do I Wanna Know, Are You Gonna Be my Girl, The Ocean are the main focuses right now. I'm also attempting to transition from a struggling lead player into a semi-competent lead player. I've got the HtH solo down and am working on War Pigs.
I touch on it from time to time, tryna get up to speed with my hybrid picking/hammer-on stuff, so I can flow between the two sounds.
Never really gave it much thought all these years, but now that I want to be a bit faster, it turns out it's pretty difficult and requires actual honest practice.
Right now I'm working on two opposite ends of the spectrum; Chet Baker's version of Autumn leaves, and the whole of Breaking Benjamin's first album Saturate.
Chet's solo is tricky to get the tone down just right, but the 335 or Les Paul gets me closer easier.
I'm working really hard on my noodling...
Very cool choice. If you come close to the tone, tell us how. His tone and style have swagger, whatever that means.
This is getting close.
Epi Ultra LP (Probuckers) on middle position, bridge 10, neck 8. tones dimed.
Overdrive Tweed voicing on the SCXD, and a bit of room delay.
I know I know, you want to hear it. It's a little (a lot) clumsy for the moment. Once I master it a bit better, I'll post a sound clip.
I was at a local casino about a year ago. They had a Billy Gibbon's slot machine. I thought it was meant to be, a sign. I blew 10.00-20.00. It didn't pay out a damn thing.
Lately I've been relearning the stuff I used to do on bass.
I'm also on a ZZ Top trip at the moment. I attempted Waitin for the Bus, I Gotsta get paid, La Grange and Sharp dressed Man so far (rhythm parts only). Mostly easy to learn but hard to master. Studying Gibbon's techniques is definitely expanding my skills to new territory.
Aside from that I have set up my other guitar for slide (higher action, thicker strings, Open E tuning) and I am trying to learn some blues slide basics. This is very new to me but alot of fun!
That tone !
How come I didn't see that before ? Nicely played Mr Gasket !
Been working on seeking the sounds I desire without thinking about the theory. I domt beliwve in muscle memory in the traditional sense becuase I dont really want to play things the same way each time. Been trying ot dial in all my finger slides and whipping sounds similar to Jeff Beck. Been trying to pull off that rapid chromatic sound unique mainly to John McLaughlin and occasionally others like Al Do Meola, or again Jeff Beck. Been working on singing notes while soloing which helps to get my voice in sync witht he instrument and helps me play more intricate solos. Rory Gallagher and David Gilmpur both have a recorded history of utilizing this techinique particularly for slide or lap steel playing. Ive also been trying to decipher Charley Pattons playing and utilize some of his techniques which is much more difficult than expected. I have a big old playlist of his stuff on youtube if anyone's interested.
Ive also been experimenting with the Chet Atkins 5 finger picking technique and learning more Leo Kottke and Grateful Dead songs among other things.
I reccomend listening to some Fred McDowell, he's a great source for learning some old electric slide blues songs. A critical part of a lot of these old blues guys playing was that they began exclusively with acoustics which have many tonal limitations to say the least. Electric guitar is simply easier in many regards but it can hold people back to neglect their acoustic abilities- it changes your perspective to start with the acoustics.
Learning some new songs, "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, relearning (after having learned the song over 40 years ago) "Yesterday" by the Beatles (but playing it on the SG!), "Hair of the Dog" by Nazareth, "Walking the Dog" by Rufus Thomas/Aerosmith, relearning (after number of years) "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Also just bought this week a new practice amp, a Blackstar Core 10v2 with some great effects for an amp its size and cost (it was on sale at Guitar Center for $ 89.00, will have to do a separate post about it) learning to work with the new amp, which has some great effects, but it takes time to get acclimated to the settings. Having just recently joined this site and Gretsch's site (my other guitar is a Gretsch Streamliner) I am "working" on learning new ideas and insights from all of the great musicians and guitarists on these sites so thanks to everyone on the SG site for the pointers I have learned from you all in the brief time here!
I'd completely forgotten about that song, thanks for bringing it back to me!
Never even knew the title ! Great tune.
Yeah, I probably should get my acoustic guitar back into shape. It's a cheap one that just sits in the bag and never gets played. But some acoustic slide might be a good idea...
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