How to Play Jeff Beck's "Scatterbrain," "Beck's Bolero" and More

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The gang over at Reverb.com (opens in new tab) recently posted three handy lesson videos dedicated to Jeff Beck, and you can check them out below. The first two tunes covered in the clips can be found on Beck's first solo album, Truth, which was released in 1968.

As Reverb puts it (opens in new tab), “Beck’s Bolero” is a "wonderful combination of colossal rhythms, a singable guitar melody, killer production and great performance."

The song, which originally was released as a single in 1966, was composed by Jimmy Page; the original recording features Beck, John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins and Keith Moon.

Meanwhile, "Let Me Love You" gives you a window onto Beck's creative blues playing at this time.

Next, we skip a few years and leap right into "Scatterbrain," one of several standout tracks from the George Martin-produced Blow by Blow (1975). It was written by Beck and Max Middleton and has been a highlight of Beck's live shows for years.

As Reverb's Joe Shadid explains (opens in new tab), "The riff ... is a bit tough to wrap your head (or hands) around at first listen. But then you lock in, hearing the 9/8 time signature and feeling that strong beat at the beginning of each phrase." Good luck!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.