Monthly Archives: December 2014

An Analysis of Cuckoo Cacoon by Steve Hackett of Genesis

I have been enjoying working on Cuckoo Cacoon from the Genesis Album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Steve’s playing is very sophisticated. He uses tons of slash chords. Check it out:

The A section:

DMaj9 to CMaj7 several times.

Then, Dm7/G    G/F    A    A/G    F#m7    G#m7 (#5)    F#/B

B section (flute solo acc.)

Em7/A    Dm7/G    D/C    B♭6    Dm    B♭6     B ♭    Cadd9    D/F#

If you look at the chords it looks more like a jazz song doesn’t it? Steve Hackett was a big part of the early Genesis sound.

 

 






 

 

 

Chord Infrastructure

A methodical approach to learning chord construction and intervals on the guitar.

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Pages 4-6

 

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Improvising On Guitar

 
 

Improvising On Guitar

 
 

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Jeff Beck in Concert

Geoffrey ArnoldJeffBeck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Much of Beck’s recorded output has been instrumental, with a focus on innovative sound, and his releases have spanned genres ranging from blues rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion and an additional blend of guitar-rock and electronica. Although he recorded two hit albums (in 1975 and 1976) as a solo act, Beck has not established or maintained the sustained commercial success of many of his contemporaries and bandmates.[1][2] Beck appears on albums by Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Morrissey, Jon Bon Jovi, Malcolm McLaren, Kate Bush, Roger Waters, Donovan, Stevie Wonder, Les Paul, Zucchero, Cyndi Lauper, Brian May, Stanley Clarke and ZZ Top.

He was ranked 5th in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and the magazine, upon whose cover Beck has appeared three times, has described him as “one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock”.[3] MSNBC has called him a “guitarist’s guitarist”.[1] Beck has earned wide critical praise and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times and Best Pop Instrumental Performance once. In 2014 he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.[4] Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and as a solo artist (2009).

 

Doc Watson, The Father of Flatpicking Guitar.

 

What is Flat Picking Guitar? Let’s see who can define Flat Picking guitar in the comments below.

 

Joel White, Guitar Student of the Year.

Joel White, my guitar student, recently placed second in All State Jazz Band. He has been raking in the awards. He is only the second student to be placed in All State Jazz Band in the history of Spring ISD. Below is a list of his recent accomplishments:

Joel White Awards
Joel White is a Junior guitarist with the award winning Spring High School Jazz Band. He has won numerous awards for his musicianship including two time Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Musician at the Bill Watrous Jazz Festival at Sam Houston State University, outstanding musicianship award at BUC Days showcase of music Texas A&M Corpus Christi, All Star Award at MSM Jazz Festival at the University of Houston. In 2014 High School Jazz Festivals he received an All Star award at DeKaney High School and an Outstanding Musicianship at Waltrip High School. Spring High School recognized him with the Rookie of the Year in 2013 and the Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding achievement in Jazz in 2014.
He is two time first chair guitarist in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 9 Jazz Band and in 2014 was named to the TMEA All State Jazz Band.
During the 2014 football season Joel participated in the Spring High marching band on the keyboard synthesizer during half time shows, and playing guitar to add a Rock Guitar sound to marching band classics when the band played in the stands.

Joel White, my guitar student, recently placed second in All State Jazz Band. He has been raking in the awards. He is only the second student to be placed in All State Jazz Band in the history of Spring ISD. Below is a list of his recent accomplishments:

Joel White Awards 
Joel White is a Junior guitarist with the award winning Spring High School Jazz Band. He has won numerous awards for his musicianship including two time Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Musician at the Bill Watrous Jazz Festival at Sam Houston State University, outstanding musicianship award at BUC Days showcase of music Texas A&M Corpus Christi, All Star Award at MSM Jazz Festival at the University of Houston. In 2014 High School Jazz Festivals he received an All Star award at DeKaney High School and an Outstanding Musicianship at Waltrip High School.  Spring High School recognized him with the Rookie of the Year in 2013 and the Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding achievement in Jazz in 2014. 
He is two time first chair guitarist in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 9 Jazz Band and in 2014 was named to the TMEA All State Jazz Band. 
During the 2014 football season Joel participated in the Spring High marching band on the keyboard synthesizer during half time shows, and playing guitar to add a Rock Guitar sound to marching band classics when the band played in the stands.

Blackberry Blossom for Guitar

Blackberry Blossom is an old fiddle tune that is popular with bluegrass and old-time music lovers. Here is my flatpicking guitar version. Enjoy!

 

 

FREE Tab is below:

Blackberry Blossom

 

 

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10 tips for guitar students and teachers using skype.