Posts Tagged ‘solo’

Don’s solo

March 23, 2018

Don Airey is releasing a new solo CD out soon, a bit more of a rock themed offering apparently. It will also come with a live CD from his recent support shows. He was quite poorly with pneumonia for a time causing him to pull out of some of the concerts but is on the mend. Thanks to Tom Dixon. Photo courtesy Mascot Records.

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Highway Star at 16 rpm

August 29, 2014
Yngwie-Malmsteen

It’s all rubbish, all you need to play the solo are these two fingers…

Mention of the Learn The Highway Star Solo in Two Years book (see below)  prompted John Tucker to send in this quote from another aspiring guitarist trying to get to grips with the solo, which comes from Brian Tatler’s autobiography (the guitarist of influential NWOBHM band Diamond Head – Dave is his older brother):

 “I would borrow Dave’s Linear Concord 30 watt amp and plug it into a three watt Cellestion speaker that I rescued from an old gramophone. I soldered a jack plug onto it, not having a clue about ohms or impedance, so the speaker would distort horribly, but I liked it. At fifteen I took up the guitar seriously and became obsessed with it. It took me about six months to master the basics, pestering Dave to show me how to play things I didn’t know. I would play every night after school and at weekends, Dave reckoning now that I would sometimes practice six hours a day. I really wanted to be able to play the guitar solo in Deep Purple’s ‘Highway Star’, but I had no idea what Ritchie Blackmore was up to. I would be upstairs in my own little world, slowing the records down in order to learn the licks. The record player had a 16, 33⅓, and 45 rpm turntable speeds so I could put an album on at 16rpm and it would be approximately an octave lower and half the speed. We also owned a reel-to-reel tape recorder so I could tape a solo at 16rpm then listen to it over and over again on the tape recorder, stopping and learning a little piece at a time. It did, however, take me years to realise that the ‘Highway Star’ solo was in fact double-tracked, and so was impossible to play with one guitar anyway!”

Bernie Marsden talks

May 6, 2013

LOOK AT ME NOW…” It was at Bristol’s Colston Hall in 2002 where Bernie Marsden bounded on stage with Deep Purple to rapturous applause. “Is that Ritchie Blackmore?” the twonk beside me shouted in my ear. “No, it’s Bernie Marsden!” I shouted back. “Is it?” The guy looked at me, looked at the stage, turned back to me and said, “nah, that’s not Bernie Marsden.” Given that I believe the death penalty should be re-introduced for people who talk at gigs (and people who make Meat Loaf records) this exchange of yes-it-is-no-it-isn’t continued for a short while until I told my new-found friend to go forth and multiply. But after the show I reflected that the ‘discussion’ probably sums up Bernie Marsden perfectly. Everyone knows who he is, but perhaps a lot less people actually, well, know who he is…”

Read the rest of John Tucker’s entertaining chat with the man from Whitesnake on his website here. I nearly got to fisticuffs with two chaps at a Mogwai gig in Nottingham a couple of years ago, who felt it incumbent to talk to each other loudly enough to be heard above what can be a pretty hefty volume from a band which pretty much likes to devour an audience, then stuck to the same chat level during all the nice quiet bits as well. Tossers. So let’s get that petition on you.gov right away John.  You can orderBernie’s two solo albums at DTBOnline store.