This is a climbing legato run that moves across all six strings and up the fretboard, mostly through the A minor pentatonic scale (A C D E G). During the first beat, I add an extra "color tone," the flat-five "blue note" in the key of A, E♭, on the A string's sixth fret. From that point on, it's straight A minor pentatonic.
“By the way he carried himself, you really thought that Bon Scott was immortal,” says guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC’s late frontman. “He would drink like a fish, and when you saw him the next morning, he’d be no worse for wear. And you’d think to yourself, ‘How does this guy do this?’”
A few weeks back, we provided you with a list of 60-plus Beatles songs -- all of which feature guitar solos -- and asked you to vote for the song with the best solo of the bunch. Was it "Dizzy Miss Lizzy"? God, no.
It was in the early 1960s that Eric Clapton first grabbed people with the scream in his sound. People called it the "woman tone," but that was no woman -- that was his life. On songs like "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Crossroads," he used his guitar to give voice to the emotions he couldn't, or wouldn't, vent as a singer or songwriter.
Think about it: George Harrison and Jimmie Vaughan on the same song together ... a song that was written by Bob Dylan ... which was used on the soundtrack to something as crappy as Porky's Revenge, no less.
An award-winning player, Steve Trovato has written 40 instructional books, released 30 DVDs, contributed columns to guitar magazines, and is heralded as an educator at the University of Southern California’s Studio Jazz Department. In January 2011, he headlined the winter NAMM All Star Guitar Night in Anaheim, accompanied by his longtime friend and colleague Carl Verheyen, bassist Stu Hamm and drummer Danny Gottlieb.
The year was musically memorable for the release of the original Kiss lineup's first album in over 18 years, as well as the studio reunion of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Other seminal releases include Van Halen III and Korn's Follow the Leader. Check out these albums and more in this week's Best Album poll, below.