Saturday, April 25, 2015

My Record Collection and the Guitar Licks it Inspired

Recently we had another record store day. That got me thinking about my Vinyl collection. I have been meaning to catalogue it for some time and was going to set up a blog to do that. I thought it may be even cooler to post a record and then a guitar lick inspired by each record. That way I get more regular guitar licks on the site and get to share my vinyl collection too. I have a pretty eclectic collection so be prepared for some odd records and probably odder guitar licks. If you see a record you dig let me know and I can post another guitar tab inspired by it. I'd love to hear from you if you come up with guitar licks inspired by the records posted too. Please let me know if you do.

Just a few points the records will be in no particular order. I recently had a flood and now all my records are sitting next to me in my jam room so I'll literally pick up each one in the pile as they come. If the piece is on Spotify I'll try to include a link so you can reference the music I am talking about. My inspiration may be from a particular song, technique, guitarist, title or even cover art. Remember the great album covers pre CD?

If you think this idea is interesting please comment, share or tweet this. I appreciate the feedback and knowing people have some interest makes creating content more enjoyable.

So first album in the pile is?  Eric Clapton "Just one Night". This album was recorded live at the famous Budokan Theatre in Toyko in December of 1979 and released in 1980. I choose to listen to the song "Worried Life Blues". Clapton's version had a very BB King style sound to me. I tabbed out a guitar lick that would work over the turnaround. Please note I'm tuned down a half step if you want to play along with my video. Here is the song:

Worried Life Blues



And here is the guitar tab for my lick:








Monday, April 20, 2015

Fusion Guitar Lick

I'm not a fusion player but this guitar lick kinda fit over a progression I would call fusion. If you want the backing track and a breakdown of the chord progression please see my new website Get Into Guitar

This guitar lick was inspired by a warm-up lick by Geoff Unger in a column at Guitar World. You can find this article here. http://www.guitarworld.com/fretboard-mechanics-beyond-warming-important

The guitar lick is based around the C Major scale and uses legato for a smooth flowing feel. Hope you dig it. Thanks for listening.




Here is the tab for this guitar lick.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Another last minute guitar contest

Another guitar contest entry down to the wire. This time it is from Jam track central. Here is the link https://jamtrackcentral.com/jtcguitarsolocontest2015/info/

They gave you a variety of backing tracks in various genres. I was most a home in the blues so I choose that one for my entry but I also posted an outtake from the funk track too because it was fun to play over.

Here's my entry. There is just about 15 hours left so you still have time to enter. Have fun.






And here is the funky track I didn't enter:


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Jim Oblon Video Challenge

I've always found guitar contests especially online ones are a great motivator. This one closes to entries very soon but even if you don't entry you can jam over the backing tracks and vote for your favourite entries. Here is my entry. Detail on the contest, sample tracks and the backing tracks can be found here. http://www.epiphone.com/Contests/2015/Jim-Oblon-Video-Challenge.aspx




Ok just read the rules and realized I've gotta play my Epi so here is another take over a different backing track. Cheers.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Guitar Solo and Improv with a dose of noodling

Here is a bit of a guitar solo and some improv over the chord progression from the last guitar lick. I've written out the basics of the first part of the solo in guitar tab. The solo as played is improvised around the tab but you will notice variations from the tab. Use the tab as a guide to create your own licks. I've used the B Minor Pentatonic shape as a springboard but tried to incorporate notes from the Dorian mode and chord tones as well. Warning this video contains copious amount of guitar noodling.








Monday, August 11, 2014

Melodic Guitar Lick

It has been awhile but here is another guitar lick to get your fingers moving. The chords in the progression are: B5 / D5  / E5 / B5|A5 /

The guitar lick changes bass notes to match the chord for the first section while the underlying notes remain the same. In the guitar video I improvised a bit and then returned to the guitar  lick a few times. The guitar lick kicks off using notes from the B5 chord. The main lick is all eighth notes. The fingering can be a bit tricky so experiment with what works best for you.




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Celtic Guitar Lick with tab 2 "Dance among the heather"

I'm working on some Celtic style guitar licks in the hopes of busking this summer. This one I came up with uses a capo on the 5th fret. I'd like to work this one into an original song called "dance among the heather". The guitar tab is only a rough rhythm interpretation try to aim for a light dancing feeling.