Tag: Guitar Solo

80s Game Rock Guitar Solo (+TAB)

Original, heavy metal / hard rock guitar solo (155 BPM) in D minor, inspired partly by 80s Rock (Iron Maiden, Stratovarius and others), but mostly by Arcade game – boss fight – music! Are you up for a challenge?

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About this solo

This melodic rock solo in the key of D minor took a while to put together! In other words, I had to level up, both in playing and in editing skills to make everything work. e.g. playing the sweep-picking part ‘cleanly’ took more practice than anticipated. In fact, I re-recorded the entire video because I wasn’t happy with my first performance. Although – obviously – a lot can be corrected in the ‘editing’-phase, I like to keep these edits to a minimum, to keep things ‘real’ for you guys! Hopefully, this 80s game solo, called ‘Arcade’ is as fun and inspiring for you as it was for me. 

The 8-bit version of the solo (video-outro)

I know this is a bit of a gimmick, but I wanted to see If my guitar solo would work as an 8-bit game melody. Here is the 8-bit version I composed with the Magical 8-bit plugin. This was too much fun 🙂

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Classic Blues Rock in Cm (+TAB)

Original, classic blues rock instrumental and solo heavily inspired by Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler), Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, and others. Enjoy!

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About The Track

This track in the key of C minor brings us the blues-inspired classic rock era of the 70s and 80s. The groove is reminiscent of Dire Straits, but more laid back. I’m a huge fan of Mark Knopfler’s playing, and – in that style – I tried to emphasize hybrid picking (playing with the pick AND fingers) and delicate details in the guitar playing while staying melodic and following the classic blues rock groove. The chorus has more of a Fleetwood-Mac vibe, with a recognizable motif of unison bends.  The middle section is – again – very much inspired by Dire Straits. See if you can spot a reference to Dire Straits in the background 😉

Featured Lick

A few times in this classic blues rock track, I play the above Cm pentatonic lick in the 8th position. This is a typical ‘reply’ or ‘relief’-lick in Mark Knopfler‘s playing. It serves to end a phrase or sequence in a solo.  Above the tab, you can see which notes are played with the pick (bracket = downstroke), and which ones I prefer hybrid picking (H.P). Alternatively, you can play the 8th fret on the G-string with an upstroke. Play a little vibrato on the 10th fret of the D-string and pull-off lightly to end the lick. 

I hope you enjoy this TAB and solo. Jam track is scheduled for release later this week,

Maarten

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Bluesy Funk Soul Guitar Solo in Gm

Enjoy this bluesy funk soul guitar solo in Gm, called ‘Look Ahead’. Tabs here:

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About the track

This track is inspired by groovy funk soul tracks from the seventies (for instance: James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Temptations, Albert King, and TV themes like Shaft). I highly recommend to listen to these artists to find inspiration for your own, groovy funk soul guitar solo! The chords in my track follow a basic 12 bar blues with a minor 1 chord (G minor), which adds a Dorian flavor to the track, well suited for a funk track! 

Featured Lick
Classic blues response lick

I really love how blues musicians use call-and-response style licks. One of my favorite, classic ‘response’ style licks is this blues lick in G minor pentatonic. Play it with energy and emotion! In this funk soul guitar solo, I play it around 1:48 (in the video), when the Hammond organ crescendoes to transition to the IV chord.

Gear for this funk soul guitar solo:

I really enjoyed producing this track, although programming a VST instruments ‘groove’ is quite the challenge. There is a great book on how the great James Brown rhythm sections constructed their grooves and how it evolved through the decades, so this was a huge inspiration to write this track and funk soul guitar solo.

Here is all the gear I used:

  • Guitars: Gibson ES-335 (lead), Suhr Modern Pro (rhythm) 
  • Amp: Fractal AX-8, with an Autowah preset.
  • Effects: Eventide Spring, Soundtoys Phaser Mistress (only in part B)
  • Virtual instruments: -Bass: Spectrasonics Trilian -Drums: Steven Slate Drums 5.5 -Keys: XLN Addictive Keys Mark One, Arturia B-3 V2 -Brass: East-West Hollywood Pop Brass, -Violins: East-West Hollywood Strings
  • Extra loops Loopcloud.com
Do like the 80s more than the 70s?

Check out my 80s TV-theme guitar solo here.

Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo in A

Here’s a new blues shuffle video, this time in the key of A! A real bag of licks here, with some inspiration from players like Eric Clapton, Matt Schofield, Josh Smith and others. Enjoy!

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About Blues Shuffle Guitar Solo

This blues shuffle guitar solo is played over parts A & B of the backing track (see below). Part A is a basic 12-bar blues in A, where part B (‘the chorus’) is an 8-bar vamp that starts from the IV chord (D7). In the B-section, the B3 Hammond organ enters for a fuller, sound and the bass starts ‘walking‘ in the groove. I love playing over shuffles with ‘real-life’ musicians, so I spend quite some time on the drums & bass to create a natural shuffle groove. Part C is a break, where drums & bass play a little softer, and the harmony stays on the I-chord (A7) twice as long. Enjoy!

Gear Used
  • Gibson ES-335, straight into the amp (Fuchs Blackjack Mk II)
  • FX added in the box (mostly slap delay and reverb)
  • Arturia B3 V
  • Backing Track
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    Buy This Jam Track (High Quality WAV + MP3)
    More Shuffles
    There are some more mid-tempo blues guitar shuffles on my channel/blog, in the key of E:
  • Shuffle Blues Solo #2
  • Blues Shuffle Solo (+Tab) | Josh Smith – Style