Originally Posted by Quasar-Kid
The Steely Dan song:
"Don't Take me Alive" is masterful writing and ridiculous playing chops
The Larry Carlton intro guitar solo has taken on legendary historical status
I believe it was Frank Zappa who observed that Larry's solo has the feel and phrasing of a regular guitar track played backwards - in reverse - and Frank was like, I don't know how a guy sits down and just drops that out there (famously) in one take...
The chord structure of the song is also beyond brilliant - a must learn track for any curious guitarist
Note: I don't read music or know about tabs
I'm just old and been playing since I was in 6th grade
It helped that during my college years I was in a regular rock cover band and a country bar band
as well as a vocal acoustic pop band (with girls...
my motivation for that lame project was the girls)
but over time I just learned a bunch of stuff - my execution is pretty mediocre as I an not much of a "technique freak" as I am a feel and groove player
it's a Jazz type of feel. he plays outside notes inside the time. I think it's cool because that was naturaly how i played. I had to completely change everything about my playing to branch out. I naturaly gravitated to what i guess seemed odd to other people too. That's why i play metal now. everythings dead on and precise. finding a balance was what i was shooting for but yeah i get his playing very much. i get what he's doing within the song as well and it's definitely his own thing but yeah it's Jazzy and in rock pentatonic format mostly. i like it
I'm no Larry Carelton or anything like that.. In fact i'm not very confident about my playing at all but i sitll try anyway.
Cool stuff man.