Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reelin in the Years solo w/tabs




Here is the classic solo from the truly wonderful "Reelin in the Years" Steely Dan as played by Elliot Randall. Steely Dan was/is known for their use of jazz musicians to weave their blend of jazz/pop/rock. Any band looking to play some of their tunes should get ready for some seriously heavy heavy harmonic twists and turns. Some of the top jazz players in the world have played with the band over the years and Mr Randall is no exception.

Analysis
This solo is over a G5/G6/G7 standard blues shuffle modulating to A5/A6/A7. The opening note accents the major 7th over G (F#) before hitting the A on the chord change and stepping down ending on the 5th (E). Then into a phrase focusing on the 3rds of both chords as they change. Up next a little walk up through the Amin blues scale, ending on the G root nailing the change. The solo concludes with another walk up from a different starting note through the Amin blues scale... BUT this time it is played over the G chord - which changes the tonality of the G accompaniment to the role of the dominant b7. The solos concludes on the 'money' resolution (a.k.a. the root) of the A chord. Beautiful working example of a soloist who is soloing IN the chords not OVER. He adds some chromaticisms to enhance the jazz sound, but aside from that this is some textbook stuff harmonically speaking.

Getting the sound
I really did not get the sound... but it is a semi hollow-body guitar, through a fuzz pedal, into what sounds to me like a twin style amp. It's very present and in your face with little reverb. 

The files
Here is the TAB sheet for your downloading pleasure.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Goodbye to Romance solo w/tabs



Anyone who reads this blog knows Randy Rhoads is definitely one of my main sources of inspiration. I think the world of this guy's playing and am deeply saddened we didn't get more from him. I know I am not alone in this. For all you intermediate level players, this solo is a nice starting point for his style as most of it is pretty manageable but VERY musical.

Analysis
This solo moves through a pretty diatonic D Major progression. During the important 'drama' notes, Randy is nailing chord tones - almost always. Typically one of the notes of the major triad - (root- D, 3rd -F# or 5th - A). 

(BTW - by now some of you readers should be recognizing that I say "hits chord tones" in my analysis of these solos a LOT. We're I a smart youngin' I would make chord tone soloing a regular part of my practice routine)

During the fast line in bar 3 - some of this is pretty obliterated as Randy liked to double and triple his solos. This gives his sound that pseudo chorus-y effect and ultra wide spread. Very cool, but tough to discern clearly when lifting his stuff. He loved to move up the neck as he does in this bar of this solo. So if you want to grab Randy's approach to transition lines moving up the neck, this run is a pretty great working example.

Getting the sound
Les Paul loaded with Humbuckers - through a Marshall. I used a Strat, I really should have grabbed the Paul. The real key though is in double tracking the recording takes. 

The files
Here is the TAB sheet for your downloading pleasure.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

You Shook Me All Night Long solo w/tabs



Angus Young is one of the most ferocious rock/blues player to ever lift the instrument. He's been part of our culture for so long now that people tend to take the calibre his playing for granted. Every note is attacked and drenched with vibrato, scrapes, bends & general head smashing. Playing the notes is one part.. Playing the intensity is where the SOUND lives. I always say when I hear people suggesting Angus is simply and OK player, that if he was playing in a room with just you and his amp, he would blow your doors off. If he isn't an excellent player then I truly don't know who is.

Analysis
This solo is mostly straight up G minor pentatonic stuff. Near the end of the solo Angus temporarily hints at a G Major tonality... although it could be analyzed as a little dash of Dorian .. to me it feels more major. It definitely has the signature uplifting feel of the Major tonality.

Getting the sound

Not much to this! Guitar > SG with humbucking pickups - to cable - to Marshall amp. No pedals, no muss no fuss.

The files
Here is the TAB sheet for your downloading pleasure.