Monthly Archives: February 2018

Sugar Magnolia Guitar Solo (Video Lesson)

In this lesson we will be examining Jerry Garcia's 10 bar guitar solo from the 10/29/77 version of "Sugar Magnolia"

"Sugar Magnolia" was released on the Grateful Dead's 1970 album "American Beauty", and was co-written by Robert Hunter and Bob Weir. "Sugar Magnolia" went on to be the band's most played original, played nearly 600 times between its inception and the Dead's last show on 7/9/95.

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Tears In Heaven Guitar Lesson

"Tears In Heaven" first appeared in the 1991 film "Rush", and was later included in Eric Clapton's "Unplugged" collection.

Clapton has admitted that part of the inspiration for the song came from the death of his son, Conor. After Conor's death, Clapton rediscovered the acoustic guitar, and much of the writing he did in that period was for the acoustic guitar. This lesson breaks down my rendition of this lovely, but haunting piece.

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Dire Wolf Lesson – Jerry Garcia Acoustic Guitar Solo (Video Lesson)

In this lesson, we are looking at the Jerry Garcia guitar solo from the acoustic version of "Dire Wolf" that appears on the 1981 live album, "Reckoning". 

The 1981 live Grateful Dead album "Reckoning" features songs from the band's Warfield Theatre run in the fall of 1980, and the opening track "Dire Wolf" is the subject of this lesson. The version of "Dire Wolf" that appears on that album was taken from their October 11, 1980 show, and features an energetic solo from Jerry Garcia that beautifully mixes his bluegrass and jazz influences.

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Rhythm Charts – Part 2

In part 1 we talked about some of the advantages of using rhythm charts and took a look at a few basic charts for the songs "Black Magic Woman" and "I Shot The Sheriff".

As you recall, rhythm charts use a combination of standard musical notation as well as some vague (or less-defined) notation to create a musical shorthand. In this post, we will discuss the notation and symbols used to communicate the form of a song.

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