Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Session Ace Michael Thompson

Here's a compilation of 30 years of session work by guitarist and friend Michael Thompson.

And an interview with him by Tim Pierce and Pete Thorn.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cool Skill - Natural Harmonics

My latest YouTubery offering (and my 400th post!)...

Watch to the end to learn a cool Eddie Van Halen trick.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Practically Toto - "Lowdown" - Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs could be credited with creating Toto, he used them so much on his records.  He gave them lots of opportunities to play under the pressure of the studio, with the "red-light on". On this record....

David Paich - Keyboards, Mini-Moog & ARP
Jeff Porcaro - Drums
David Hungate - Bass


Fred Tackett and Louie Shelton on Guitars.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Wrecking Crew - Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell

Released in October of 1968, this was a hit written by Jimmy Webb for a former member of the Wrecking Crew, Glen Campbell.

Players on this track include Glen Campbell, James Burton and Al Casey on guitar, Carol Kaye on bass and Jim Gordon on drums.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Demystifying Chord Symbols

Here I, hopefully not too feebly, explain how the chords got their names.

To create dominant chords I used a two octave C Mixolydian scale...


C7 - CEGBb

To create Major versions I used a two octave C Major scale...


Cmaj7 - CEGB
Cmaj9 - CEGBD
Cmaj11 - CEGBDF
Cmaj13 - CEGBDFA

To create Minor versions I used a two octave C Dorian scale...


Cm - CEbG
Cm7 - CEbGBb
Cm9 - CEbGBbD
Cm11 - CEbGBbDF
Cm13 - CEbGBbDFA

If you want to go insane get Chord Chemistry by Ted Greene.