18 Dec my little 5W monster
‘morning all, you brothers.
I was answering a question of a dear friend this morning, and this is what I wrote him (email):
Okay listen carefully. It’s practice. And physical approach. But it’s easy (the method), nothing that needs a scientist. See how I move? It’s not for the pleasure of moving, nor because I like to dance. It really is because by moving, I will bop and bump my body in order to be able to physically do things. That is really all to it.I force myself to do things, in a total blend of mental concentration and physical effort. Nothing else. And practice only makes it possible. Don’t sweat it. In the sense that, do NOT lose trust in yourself because you are not being able to do it. I am nothing special, I have no particular skills. I just tried and tried. At the end, the reward is immense.Now onto your questions.Question 1 – you HAVE to learn the parts perfectly. That is the basis of it. So, begin with the chords and their progression. It is sufficient that you learn one or two songs like they were built in you to let you quicken the process with new songs in the future. But you will have to have done the whole process of learning and knowiing at least one full song inside out. And the rhythm is always key. So learn those chords and the way your hands change position to get them properly. All the strings that need to be struck and heard will have to be heard. Practice that with your most favorite song of all times, and bring it out.Stomp your feet, release your anger and or frustration on that song by moving while playing in order to FORCE YOUR BODY TO BOP WHILE YOU ROCK. I SAY AGAIN, I move only because I have to!You will see how those chord progression will come out right, in time.Question 2 – play the tempo you can master! It’s senseless to play stuff in a crap way but at the original tempo. You WILL get there, once you are comfortable with your own tempos. It will take time! Do NOT worry. Only time, practice.
Since I think it is worth for all to understand, I wanted to shout it out.
Some time passed huh? Thanks for staying with me!
Here’s a cover of “Have A Drink On Me” that George Metropoulos (MetroAmp Founder and Owner) has asked me to play along. The original backing track is played by George himself (with a Metro amp of his) and his band.
The original video (without my parts) can be found here:
I added some guitars on top of it. Rhythm and Solo, plus some other part “underneath”.
I played this one exclusively with a Metro JTM50, boosting channel one with a clean boost (no overdrive, just volume boost) to add some drive. A bit like Angus used to do with his Schaffer Vega. Result is as you hear it. Can be made better, no doubt. The guitar is a 1966/1967 “issue” Gibson SG Standard that sounds and plays like butter (you’ll still have to fight with it to resemble Angus’ tight playing).
I chose another camera angle for this one, as I wanted you to see a bit of the mess I play in! 😛
I hope you’ll enjoy. With this, I’ll revert to “posting mode”. Been away almost three full weeks… good to “see” you all again!