This e-mail is about my guitar playing. I think I've developed an original style in this area and I wanted to tell you about it.
Most singer/songwriters do one of two methods of playing the guitar. They either strum chords while singing, or finger pick a certain pattern while they sing.
My history is that of a lead electric guitar player in a number of combos from the 60's on. So I love that classic rock and roll sound with that passionate mix of rhythm and melody. For me simple chording or finger picking is ok - and I play both styles on some songs for more variety - but I wanted to do more.
So, when I began playing my standard Silvertone guitar (Pet Dog Guitar), I began to develop a style where I play everything all at once. There is some bass lines, then some rhythm chording, then some lead - all on the same guitar - all at one time. It gives an exciting mix of guitar styles, and it enhances the vocals.
If I've done what I've tried to do then you'll hear a song with one guitar part that is every bit the equal of the vocal. It also does everything a band does. But unlike a band each part is pared down to only the essentials. And that part, rhythm, lead, bass, is only played when it helps the drama or sweep of the song.
I think it's a pretty dynamic way of playing, and I don't really hear anyone else doing anything quite like it. Here are some samples.
The first is the rock classic Secret Agent Man.
Remember there is only one guitar - there are no overdubs or multi tracks on the guitar. Note the spy medley at the top and the lead at the end. That was fun to record.
The next is an instrumental called Juggernaut.
Again this is just one guitar - no overdubs. And note that the playing is all over the guitar with a bit of the sitar style in the middle.
And finally another instrumental. They show off the guitar the most. It's called Grand Sweep.
Here we've got a big romantic sound out of a single guitar
Enjoy, and I welcome polite comments.
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