J.J. Cale was one of those players—an incredibly gifted soul who made any musical situation he was a part of better.
Lauded by other players—some of the best in the business, in fact—but blessed/cursed with a talent:ego ratio that prevented him from ever touting his own horn very loudly. Marc Ford is another one of those players.
Many people believe that possessing talent alone is enough to guarantee an artist success in the music business. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a perfect world, the best musicians -- the best guitarists -- would be amply rewarded for their abilities. The music business, however, is far from perfect.
I was a little kid, like six or seven years old, when the Beatles came out. I remember hearing their music and I couldn’t imagine where that sound was coming from. Then I saw a picture of the Beatles, and George [Harrison] had an electric guitar, and I was like “That’s it!” It was that sound—the sound of George’s guitar—that first captured me when I was really young. It all goes back to that sound.
In this lesson, I will demonstrate an interesting method of utilizing your index finger on your picking hand, which is traditionally used for two-handed tapping. The tablature shows a descending legato run in the key of A natural minor comprised of groupings of eight notes. There are no picked notes whatsoever here, just unassisted hammer-ons and pull-offs.
I worked in a music store in Glasgow, Scotland, for almost 18 years. Anyone who has ever worked in that kind of environment will tell you that they’ve seen some pretty weird stuff in their time. Factor in that I was the guitar repair guy, and the potential for weirdness rockets into the stratosphere.
The Green Day Guitar Tab Anthology is a 158-page softcover book featuring tabs of 22 songs by Green Day. Songs include "21 Guns," "American Idiot," "Basket Case," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Good Riddance," "Know Your Enemy," "Longview," "When I Come Around" and many others.