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Christmas Swing in Bb

Upbeat, Christmas swing guitar solo, with a lo-fi intro and some gypsy jazz influences, played with a Gibson ES 335.  Merry Xmas!

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About Christmas Swing

Original Christmas swing guitar track in Bb (first video in this key). The video starts with a slow, jazzy turnaround drenched in lo-fi effects (RC-20 Retro Color). After the turnaround, the sleigh bells indicate a tempo change, and off we go for a festive ride along with some tasty jazz-blues-swing licks, the beautiful b9, and the magical mysteries of the diminished scale. As usual, you get the guitar tabs on the screen & a few surprises along the way 😉

Featured Plugin

The lo-fi effect on the piano & guitar in de intro of the video is made with the RC-20 retro color plugin from XLN audio. This is a very creative plugin to add some vintage vibes to your sounds.

XLN Audio's RC-2O Retro Color

I even used the ‘space’ effect on the guitar for the rest of ‘Christmas Swing’ because of it’s nice reverb tail. It’s definitely worth checking out this plugin. 

You can download a trial here: https://bit.ly/38vCjsG

Gear used
  • The guitar used is a Gibson ES-335, straight into a Fender Blues Jr III (captured with Universal Audio Ox)
  •  Strings & Percussion from East-West Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, very nice stuff
More Jazz-Blues on the ES-335

Melodic Guitar Solo (Pop Rock) in D

I’ve been playing a lot on the Suhr guitar lately! Over the last weeks, I wrote a new, uplifting, melodic guitar solo in D.  Enjoy!  Update 26-11: I made a few (minor) additions to the tab!

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About Melodic Guitar Solo

I love playing solo’s in major keys, although it can be a bit of a challenge to keep things interesting. In my experience, it helps to play around with the major third and to search for chord suspensions (sus2 and sus4). I can’t pinpoint a clear artist influence for this melodic guitar solo, although some ‘Joe Satriani’ is going on (e.g., the legato flurries in bars 16 and 17). I aimed for a modern, spacious guitar sound, leaving room for your timed delays to ring through 😉

Gear Used
  • Suhr Modern Pro HH, Ernie Ball strings .010,  captured with Universal Audio Ox
  • Victory V40
  • pedals: Crazy Tube Circuits Black Magic mkII (lead tones)
  • D16 repeater (timed delays):
D16 repeater
D16 Repeater Plugin - get it at plugin boutique
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Dreamy Guitar Solo (Blues, Americana) in Am

Funny how music serves as a counterweight. When my life’s busy, I write smooth, slow-burn solos like this one. A Blues Americana guitar solo in A minor, influenced by Mark Knopfler’s playing. Enjoy!

About This Solo

I wrote this minor blues track to express a recurring feeling I experience in Autumn, a feeling of quiet gloom, best felt when talking a walk into the colorful woods this time of the year.

The solo is heavily influenced by Mark Knopfler’s playing. A clean, spacious guitar sound with emphasis on right hand dynamics, the A minor pentatonic and the odd blue note (Eb).I love these slow-burning blues-country-roots licks that you’ll find in Mark Knopfler’s more recent work.

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Expanding on this playing style, I play a few unusual double stops with major second intervals. These are somewhat uncommon on guitar and carry a soft and glassy dissonance that supports the mood here. You’ll notice I create these by letting adjacent strings to ‘ring’ out.

Harmonic Minor Lick
A harmonic minor

Finally, I bring out the colors of the harmonic minor scale in bar 13 (the ‘lazy’ pickup). I like the somber tone of this scale. Venturing into this sound often brings me to diminished triads (look for them in the outro!). The inspiration for these harmonic minor guitar licks comes from listening to gypsy swing artists like Django Reinhardt and Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies).

I hope you enjoy this solo. It feels like something new for this channel. Sometimes making these videos can be really hard work. But for this video, it felt more like surfing on a creative ‘flow’, less strenuous and without (over)thinking too much. Although there must be a bit of suffering in creating art, it’s better when it’s not too much 😉 Let’s see where this mindset brings me in the future. 

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If you’re interested, you can purchase a high quality version (WAV CD Master) of this jam track in my Sellfy Store here:
Gear Used
  • Suhr Modern Pro HH
  • Victory V40
  • pedals; Tc Electronic The Spark (booster) – heavily recommended!  I like it so much I have 2 😉
  • Eventide H9 (spring reverb) in the FX Loop
  • captured with Universal Audio Ox
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Classic Rock Guitar Solo in G

Classic, Uplifting Rock Guitar Solo in G, played on a Gibson Les Paul. Enjoy!

About This Solo

I turned out to be somewhat of a challenge to write a new solo for my latest jam track, but after a few improvised takes, I played this classic rock solo in the key of G. It is very much blues-inspired with a lot of minor pentatonic licks, blues licks, and rhythmic rock guitar licks. The melodic chorus is opened and ended with tasty unison bends in the 15th position As usual, you get the guitar tabs on the screen.

Featured Lick
Classic Rock Lick in G

The lick in bars 23 to 25 is a classic blues rock lick that stems from the G minor blues scale. Bend the 13th fret on the B-string a full step up, hit the 13th fret on the E-string and alternate between those 2 strings. In the video, you can see I play this with hybrid picking.  If you listen to blues, you’ll undoubtedly recognize this lick (it is often played on a blues harmonica!). Hold the bend on the B-string, and gradually release over the course of the next bar. This creates a cool, dynamic effect, fun to play and a real headturner! This lick is transposable to any key, so it fits into any classic rock solo!

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Classic Rock Backing Track in G here

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