Sunday, January 27, 2013

Matt Schofield - War we wage solo w/tabs





This song; "War We Wage" from his 2009 album: Heads, Tails & Aces. (Get it! a great album) made me break my "complete the video in one hour" rule! It's so great when a player comes into your consciousness and their playing hits you right to the core. This was the case for me when I first heard British guitar great Matt Schofield. His playing has so much soul and blues spirit I was instantly grabbed. His ability to seamlessly phrase with intelligence and melody is rare indeed. You get the feeling this guy could continue to solo for hours and it would never get old. 

Analysis
This is basically a Bmin Blues which goes back and forth between Bmin and E7. Matt typically plays pentatonic minor over the one chord and often moves to Mixolydian over the V chord (so Bmin blues pentatonic E Mixolydian). But the beauty of his playing lies not in the note choices entirely. Take a look at the chart and check out how much expression is in his playing. Tons of bends and slides and hammers/pulls. Different pick attacks the whole gamut. He doesn't just play a series of notes he PLAYS them! Beautiful.

Getting the sound
Pretty simple here, Fender strat through a tube amp. Add a tube screamer type overdrive (He uses a Klon Centaur through a two rock amp). You aren't gonna nail this tone with gear. It's all in your hands.

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


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