16 Nov Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” Solo Tutorial, Part Two
Here we are for the second appointment with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird Solo.
fb2-720 from SoloDallas on Vimeo.
The guitar featured in this tutorial is a 2010 Gibson R8 Les Paul Standard
played on a 1977 Marshall JMP 2204 attenuated with an Aracom PRX150 DAG
Just a couple of things to note, around 8 mins re: the lick at the twelfth fret G string. The ‘big’ bend is called a minor third bend. If you consider the G minor scale being G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G then bending the G at the twelfth to the A#(Bb) at the 15th is from the 1st note G to the (flat or minor) 3rd Bb.
At 20 mins or so, playing the 1st string G at the 15th and also the 2nd string 18th bent to G is called a ‘Unison bend’. It gives great emphasis to the note with the lighter string constant and the bent string oscillating around the note.
If you need to go to part one, you’ll find it here for convencience
rolltide88Posted at 04:19h, 02 February
I’ve never been able to do the riff at 18:40. I think I’m just not sure how to pick it correctly. Can someone help me out with it? I’ve tried doing it slow for a long time and building up speed but I’m not doing something right.
KerNeL KLuTcHPosted at 21:10h, 30 August
its easier to economy pick that, also keep the index finger barred on hte 15th fret b ad e string then pull off of the 18th fret b string then pick the 17th fret g string make sure to let go of the fret so that you don’t get a ring to the notes.
lexatronikPosted at 08:24h, 19 November
Man, I’ve just seen your video.. You are awesome, and I promest I’ll pass the next 10, or 20, or 30 hours practicing as you show us. Keep rocking, you’re amazing ^^
TheHellsRockerPosted at 17:25h, 18 November
An excellent tutorial!
Haven’t seen such a good ‘free bird’ Tutorial as your’s!
I hungry for part 3 😉
I Salute You Fil!
andreiPosted at 03:09h, 18 November
I have to tell tell you that when I began to play the guitar (about 3 years ago) I learned almost everything from you, and it was a pain in the ass to keep up with your tutorials back then, but that pain I feel that has paid off now and I realized that your method of teaching all the songs you taught in your older youtube page, is so much better and helps the viewer to focus on the actual notes since they were not clear (for a beginner player).
Now I think that you are breaking down things too much and it gets to some point boring and not interesting anymore. If you keep a little less “chew” if you know what I mean, I think it’s going to better for beginners, middle and high level of players.
SoloDallasPosted at 10:41h, 18 November
Good advice Andrei, much appreciated. Today I am shooting part three of Free Bird solo, which will be released to tomorrow. I will keep in mind your suggestion, which I think is proper. Recently, I was trying to balance between being slow and not too slow. The risk is always become repetitive and boring. Thanks! 😉
rpatzeltPosted at 11:09h, 18 November
You know what Fil? I love your videos for talking part mostly, the way you dig so deep into guitar playing and sound. Where else I can find such a fine touch? I thank you for sharing all with us. Tabs and “do this and that” lessons can be found everywhere. Your lessons are more like “why to do this and how to do that”. On the bottom line I think that a good lesson must start with a slow presentation of the current section of the song and gradually came to the original speed. The chit-chat in between but each section to have a start (with title) and an end.
SoloDallasPosted at 11:18h, 18 November
Thanks you precious one 😀 Let’s say that what you just said helps my balance better what to do and how to do it. So today, I will do the new whole section slowly first, all at once, then I will break it down to little parts at slow speed, explain them, them do a final re-wrap. Huh?
rpatzeltPosted at 11:45h, 18 November
Hey bro, who am I to tell you what to do? (blushing) 🙂 You’re in charge here and should do whatever you will consider proper for your goal. The above opinion is what I wish to see in a video guitar lesson as an always beginner as I am.
SoloDallasPosted at 14:07h, 18 November
Because I am not in charge of anything brother of mine. I wouldn’t exist if what I do wasn’t useful to others. If one – like me – wants to “be there” to promote himself through his work, his work has to be good and work with/for others. Otherwise, we’d have a selfish, egotistic guy who is showing all his toys and his skills just for the sake of it, and if this was the case, I would shut the place down. Solodallas.net will not exist if I can’t pull qualitative stuff that really lets others make progress. While i may sound excessively humble in this, try to put yourself in my shoes: I am extremely ambitious. But my ambition HAS to pass through a fine filter and transform into something that really works. Otherwise, again, sharing information won’t work. This is exactly why YOUR opinion and everyone else’s here is simply, golden: it is what I have to listen to, carefully, deeply, and adapt to the real needs. NOT what *I* would do, but what is really needed. 🙂
rpatzeltPosted at 14:16h, 18 November
Get it! And appreciated 🙂
SoloDallasPosted at 14:17h, 18 November
SoloDallasPosted at 14:09h, 18 November
In short, I strongly believe to a real democratic process and slowly, I will try to get to that as much as possible.
ar2619RobPosted at 16:02h, 18 November
Make tutorials in the style that’s enjoyable for you to do. There’s no time limit of 10mins anymore. Those who don’t like the sharing of feeling for the piece can just do something else while it’s downloading and then skip through it at their own pace. You won’t please everybody whatever you do, but in this sense you must please yourself. If it’s not fun and fulfilling you’ll stop enjoying it. 🙂
Gibsonsg1011Posted at 22:44h, 17 November
Excellent Fil !
JaiminhoPaginaPosted at 02:17h, 17 November
Fil, I sent you an E-mail 🙂
Got it this time? 😛
SoloDallasPosted at 13:58h, 17 November
Got it mate and replied to, obrigado
cwildesPosted at 22:32h, 16 November
Great tutorial. You massively helped me learn that solo with your first performance video on youtube back in 2007. Also, have you written about that guitar here? I’ve been offered a pretty good deal on that same model and color, have tried the guitar and will probably buy it, but the more opinions to help my decision the better!
TylerPosted at 21:52h, 16 November
Great tutorial master Fil! I give you alot of credit for making a tutorial like this, must be alot of work. Thanks man!
SoloDallasPosted at 14:00h, 17 November
Thanks mate I realize I could have shot it a bit closer, will do better with part three due next friday
ar2619RobPosted at 18:51h, 16 November
Excellent, well done 🙂
SoloDallasPosted at 18:58h, 16 November
Thanks Rob 🙂 I am listening to what you guys say about shooting the new tutorials. I would like to try and stay with just one camera for ease of my life (lol) as two cameras to edit and synchronize with audio content would be a pro job that would take me at least double time to do. Which would slow down tutorial production that instead, I feel I am just ready to re-start at an unprecedented rate (regularly, one-two full tutorials per week). However, if the current shooting position is not enough, I have to cope with it. Or if other elements of my explaining, playing etc. don’t work to the fullest, I must take note. As I plan to really make of sd.net a huge canvas to learning – truly – learn to play guitar, I want to do it right. So you guys, do not fear to offend me. Speak out (Rob, just took the chance to reply to you to address the tutorial shooting 😉 )
ar2619RobPosted at 19:15h, 16 November
For me, a close up of the left hand is ideal. I suppose it depends on the ability of the student, knowing the shapes and patterns e.t.c is like an extra eye and ear. However, it wasn’t so long ago that I used to struggle to copy in this way, so you’ll have to have a show of hands or something and go with the majority view.
Personally I’d like you to go at it like a ‘Runaway Train’.
SGACEPosted at 19:30h, 16 November
+1.. I would prefer one long shot and one close up afterward.. The long will gives us a clue where to work and have the full picture and the close up for see the notes more clearly. I know that my suggestion is a pain in the $#&..
SoloDallasPosted at 19:33h, 16 November
THIS can actually be accomplished. I just need to shoot the long ones and then, I can shoot the close ups.
SGACEPosted at 19:43h, 16 November
Nice and then edit them to have a flow.
bananePosted at 20:58h, 16 November
Would be ok for me too. Moreover, this would require less work at recording and video cutting as in my other suugestion.
thearmedmonkeyPosted at 14:31h, 16 November
Dave4433Posted at 13:50h, 16 November
I really like these new tutorials, because they’re more of like “learning to play guitar”, not one song, or not one solo. To me it seems like we’re learning to play what we hear “inside”, and it kinda just came to me.
bananePosted at 15:20h, 16 November
Yes, indeed. I’m more into the AC/DC things, but one can really learn a lot of things from this video here.
bananePosted at 12:53h, 16 November
Great tutorial again. Had a thrilling time watching your playing technique. Thanks 🙂
SoloDallasPosted at 12:57h, 16 November
Danke Franz. I was waiting for someone to tell me what they think of these new style tuts. PLEASE do tell me what doesn’t work for you guys. I want to make it perfect.
bananePosted at 13:27h, 16 November
Alright, will send you a description and some iPhone screenshots via mail.
SoloDallasPosted at 14:10h, 16 November
Oh thank you, but i was talking bout the content than media. Content, its presentation, pertaining information, usability of these tutorials, … basically, how do you like these new tutorials. I think I am shooting them differently, talk wise, video wise, sound wise, etc. Does this appears to you?
bananePosted at 15:19h, 16 November
Ah ok. Thought you were behind the iphone problem, hehe 🙂
Well, yes, I have some suggestions (or wishes), will follow below. I’ll just write up evething that comes to my mind.
However, I’m aware that maybe not all of them can be fulfilled, naturally.
When you are talking and explaining things, its nice to see your face. Will help the people who don’t understand spoken english that good. Not that you have an unclear articulation or so, it just will be the optimum. You’re learning better when you see a real person talking to you.
Maybe you can arrange the tutorials as follows:
1) split up the whole tutorial in sections like solo, main riff, etc. (You are doing this already)
2) playing the sections first in normal speed, so one can get the impression on how it should sound correct. Display angles as in the HWTH video is perfect.
3) playing the same section slow with this great view angle as in the new HWTH video. If possible, display tabs in the video the the top part of the picture. It should be possible for the viewer to see what your both hands are doing at one time. That needs a perspective where both your hands are in the focus. Just like in the HWTH video.
4) closing the section with general playing hints. (You are doing already most time where it makes sense)
5) Maybe a textual introducion would be fine. Which Chords are used, guitar tuning, amp settings, such things.
This solo tutorial here is an exception. It wouldn’t make sense here to work as I described above, because it’s a long solo. For this one here it’s just fine as you did it. Maybe the perspective from the HWTH video would be better for the playing parts, but then you would have to record the parts where you are explaining things separately. Would be twice as much work.
SoloDallasPosted at 15:22h, 16 November
THIS is gold to me
BurniePosted at 16:36h, 16 November
Wait a monent befor you make tutorials in the HWTH-angle^^
Please don’t misunderstand me, the HWTH-solo-angle looks pretty cool but more for watching only – in my opinion.
These angle shows more the back of your fingers so that I can not see your fingertips. And I think it is really important to soo the fingertips, where they are.
Try the same angle BUT from the OTHER SIDE – you know waht I mean? I mean not the angle concerning the headstock but rather the angle concerning the body.
bananePosted at 16:48h, 16 November
Well, I think one can exactly see what frets he is playing there. Yes, that view looks cool too, but it’s more important for the view to work as expected.
So, you mean the camera should be practically at Fil’s right side so the guitar body is more in front and you’ll see his left hand from behind then?
dubsharaykoPosted at 17:58h, 16 November
I believe Burnie is suggesting Fil use the same camera-angle that he had once used on his “Rock ‘n’ Roll Train Over-the-Shoulder” Tutorial.
BurniePosted at 18:24h, 16 November
No. Look at the picture:
bananePosted at 19:24h, 16 November
Nice pic 🙂 Hm, well, could be also a good perspective too, but I fear Fils right hand would hide the plektrum then and you wouldn’t see which strings he hit.
Also, kepp techniques like palm muting and such things in mind.
You would mostly only see the back of his right hand, I think.
SoloDallasPosted at 19:32h, 16 November
Need to try it
anthonyportlockPosted at 18:13h, 23 November
the angel that you had on your back in black youtube tutorial was a excellent view, at one point you even moved to show the part with slowness which was even better
so maby adjusting the angel while recording when showing it in slow speed may be better in my opinion