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A Couple Fun Songs to Play

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.” — Victor Hugo

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” — Frank Zappa

“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.” — Jimi Hendrix

Here are a couple of fun songs to play.

Working Man (Rush)

Believe it or not, there are some Rush songs that you don’t need a music degree from Berkeley to play! 🙂

Rush has been my favorite band since I was a kid.

I even play in a Rush tribute band in the Chicago area (Animation a Tribute to Rush – check it out: https://atributetorush.com/)

However, I can tell you that some songs aren’t really out of reach for many of you.

Working Man is one of them.

In fact, there are a number of my beginning students that actually are making great progress with this song (even on acoustic guitar!).

And, even if Rush isn’t your main band, you can still learn a lot by figuring out how to play this song.

Here ya go!

Working Man

Here’s the TAB that contains the main parts: Working Man TAB

Day Tripper

Beatles songs are timeless. It seems that every generation at least knows about their songs (seen the movie Yesterday yet? Go see it!)

So, it is always a good idea to have some Beatles songs in your back pocket to play.

Here is a video on how to play the main riff to the song Day Tripper.

Here is the TAB to the lick: Day Tripper TAB

I hope this helps make you more successful in your playing!Have fun!

Rock on until the next time!

Creative Constraints Guitar Challenge #1: BB King Zone

Creative Constraints Guitar Challenge #1: BB King Zone

I really think that artists work much better with limited parameters set on them.

For example: when someone hands me a guitar and says “play something”, I often freeze.

Not because I don’t know anything on guitar but because of the unlimited choices I have.

However, if someone hands me a guitar and says “play a Led Zeppelin song”, that’s easy. I now have a limited number of choices to make.

Creativity is also affected by the parameters that we set up for ourselves.

I really, really think you should read this blog post I made on this topic about a year ago. If you did read it once, it is worth another read.

Dealing With Creative Artistic Blocks

Recently I did a You Tube video about one way to explore this idea.

It’s mostly for any of you that can solo or at least are familiar with basic pentatonic scales and can play a melody.

And even if you aren’t to that point yet, give it a watch. It might help you get better from wherever you are at in your guitar playing journey.

Here is a great challenge to constrain your creativity within the BB King Zone.
See what you can come up with!
“Sweet Home” backing track starts at 5:52

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Tony G

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The Amazing Spider Dude on Guitar

The Amazing Spider Dude on Guitar

“My music is best understood by children and animals.” – Igor Stravinsky

“I’m sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.” ― Angus Young (AC/DC)

“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.” ― Frank Zappa

How has 2019 been going so far?

Reached any goals since New Year’s Day yet?

It’s never too late to set them, even in March!

I dislike the term “New Year’s Resolution”. It seems we never follow through with them.

However, we always want to set a goal, no matter what time of year.

What is yours on guitar? Do you have one?

I tell you what, setting one, even something small, can be so motivating. And it will definitely make you a better player.

You want to be a better player? Set a goal.

Here’s some ideas:

How about that song you always want to play? (Caution, find something that doesn’t sound so ridiculously out of your abilities. For example, if you have been playing for only 6-12 months, maybe Cliffs of Dover is a little out of reach…)

Maybe a technique that would be cool to master. Something like getting those hammer-ons and/or pull-offs to sound good.

Perhaps it is a song where you can master getting chord changes to sound right?

Maybe you want to take that first crack at learning an actual guitar solo. For example, I decided way back when, that I was going to tackle my first solo: it was Rush’s Fly By Night. It sounded within range of my abilities but just enough to stretch me beyond where I was at that time.

Try tackling a new scale to play.

Whatever it is, find it and try to set a time frame: maybe it is a week, or a month, etc. Work towards it. Didn’t make it? Reset it! That kind of stuff happens all the time!

This year, hopefully I can continue to offer you a number of tips, exercises, songs, etc. to help you get to whatever goals you want to reach.

Just for fun, here is my tribute to Marvel Comics and the late, great Stan Lee: The Amazing Spider–Dude – Into the Guitar-Verse

Superhero guitars are cool! Stick around for the very end!

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