Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Red Barchetta solo w/tabs




In honour of one of my all time favourites; Rush and their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here is a classic solo from what many consider to be their finest album Moving Pictures released in 1981. This solo is from the second track Red Barchetta. Alex Lifeson has so many absolutely great solos to choose from, making it tough to choose which to be my first featured here.

Analysis
Seriously, how cool is it that this solo section is in 7/4 time? I mean really, Rush can just make any odd time meter seem to flow so cleanly that most people don't even realize something tricky is afoot. They are masters at this.

The solo begins with a fast run down the A Major pentatonic scale. BUT - Alex doesn't play the standard box patten. Which allows his to access a new area of the neck upon its completion. He then runs back up the A Major scale over the relative minor chord of F#min. A quick sequence of artificial pick harmonics (A.H. on the tab). Then he gets into the intensely melodic triad section. Here he simply follows the chord backing - AMaj triad, F#min triad, G (he adds the 9 here for a little shimmer), before culminating in a D triad then some sliding 6ths to end it. Wham, boom, see ya later! Beautiful chord tone stuff kiddies.

Getting the sound
Single coil guitar. Short slap type delay, slow light flanger and a boatload of attitude.

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


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How important is the pentatonic scale? Bobby McFerrin demonstrates.




SUPER cool musician and demonstration. Bobby McFerrin, goes far beyond just the "guy who did 'don't worry be happy'". He is a large asset to the musical community. Here he demonstrates how deep this scale goes into the human psyche. The REALLY interesting part is where he says "anywhere I go in the world, the audience gets this". I mean how can that be? We are always told about different cultural uses and microtonality, different from our own, and all that. There is just something about this pitch collection that clicks with humans. Something to think about isn't it?