George Lynch! It was fun to go back and study this song and present it up close in this little video.
This is a quick lick I came up with. It started out as a fast lick that I had to learn at slow speed so that I could demonstrate it. Kind of a backwards way of thinking but it worked out just fine.
This is a lick I came up with one evening that sounds killer and fun to play fast. It is played on my customized Jackson 7 string. Enjoy!
Technique and Improvisation are the most important things to me in regards to playing guitar. Without them, i would not be interested in it. It is what drives me to constantly improve as a player because the rewards are priceless. In fact, they are almost spiritual. Like I always say “Nobody can take away what you’ve already done”. If you have those two things as a guitarist then you’re the closest to invincible as ever. It must be genuine…not for the sake of accomplishment “in word dropping” but truly and honestly genuine.
I’m self taught in both technique and theory. My goal was to be able to develop my technique in such a way that I could take on students and help them to become skilled players. Technique starts out mentally utilizing mechanics and knowledge until you slip off into the zen state of mind. It is a complicated way of thinking in fact, it sort of falls out of thinking and thus there really isn’t a word for it. In a nutshell….you must feel that sort of blend otherwise it comes across as forced. There are like-minded players out there. Some players that come to mind are Jimmy Bruno, Al DiMeola, Stanley Jordan and John McLaughlin.
Improvisation is something I’ve worked hard on for the past 5 years. I wanted to be able to play on the spot with anybody without them telling me which key they are in. I still hit a bad note here and there but not as frequently as before. I highly recommend learning improvisation. I have many tricks that can help. The idea is to not be rehearsed or warmed up and to just go for it. Jazz is my primary influence in regards to improvisation due to fluidity, speed, feel, technique, melody and originality.
Over the years I’ve sort of accumulated these little videos that I’d make with the intention of contributing to the guitar community somehow. There are certain videos that I’ll forget about until I receive a message from somebody about how to play something or what tuning I am in.
Here’s a piece of a tab that I wrote out for someone for example:
That kind of feedback made me realize that doing these types of things is worthwhile.
I only cover songs that I feel connected to. Thankfully, I’ve received e-mails from other players asking how to play certain things or which tuning to use. I’m always happy to share that knowledge with others who feel connections to those songs.
One thing I like doing is buying pedals (photos coming soon). Some I’ve bought, played for 5 minutes and sold so that I could replace it with ones I like. E-bay / Reverb junkie…..I just like trading in gear like crazy until I find the keepers. Some of them I become so enamored with that I “must” make demos on the spot. I always wonder who made the pedal. I’m so thankful not only to the sound but to the people as well.