Gary Moore meets Peter Green

by Guido Bungenstock

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  • Hi GMC,

    This lesson is about Gary Moore's Blues side in the time when he recorded some tunes inspired by Peter Green.

    Peter Green (born Peter Allen Greenbaum; 29 October 1946)[1] is a British blues rock guitarist and the founder of the band Fleetwood Mac. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work with the group, Green's songs such as "Albatross", "Black Magic Woman", "Oh Well" and "Man of the World" have been recorded by artists such as Santana, Aerosmith, Status Quo,[2] Black Crowes, Midge Ure,[3] Tom Petty,[4] Judas Priest[5] and Gary Moore, who recorded Blues for Greeny, a covers album of Green's compositions.

    A major figure and bandleader in the "second great epoch"[6] of the British blues movement, Green inspired B.B. King to say, "He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats."[7][8] Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page have both lauded his guitar playing.[9] Green's playing was noted for its idiomatic string bending and vibrato[6] and economy[10] of style.
    - Wikipedia

    If you know Gray Moore's song "Midnight Blues" then you know what you gonna expect this time. His Solo on this it all about real understatement. Its a real emotional slow solo with a lot of space between each phrases, long bending notes, beautiful vibrato and without any shredding at all.

    So in my lesson I tried to capture this feeling on a typical Minor Blues progression.
    And I just improvised over the track to get the right feel for it!

    Here is the chord progression of the two sections:

    A SECTION 0:00-0:40
    | Cm | % | % | % |
    | Fm | % | Cm | % |
    | Ab7 | Fm G7#5| Cm | G7#5 |

    B SECTION 0:41-1:25
    | Cm | % | % | % |
    | Fm | % | Cm | % |
    | Ab7 | Fm G7#5| Cm | G7#5 |
    | Cm |

    So keep in mind here, It's all about blues here!!
    Which means:
    Wide Dynamics!
    Laid back feel!
    Precise Bendings & Vibrato!s
    Leave a lot of space between each phrase while improvising
    Loooooooooong notes! :-)

    Final words

    I tried to transcribe as close as possible. Specially in the Guitar Pro 5 you'll find all this little extras!

    Cheers - Guido

    Technical specifications
    Guitar: Music Man Luke II
    Strings: D'Addario NYXL 009
    Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire PRO 24
    Recording SW: Logic 9, several plugins
    Amp(Only for Monitor): Peavey JSX Top with Marshall 2x12" V30

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    Standard tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E

    Tempo: 80 BPM

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