Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Human Body - Queen - Acoustic Guitar Tutorial





How to play Queen - A Human Body



Written and sang by Roger Taylor A Human Body was a B-Side to the 1980 single Play The Game



In 6/8 time the intro kicks of with a G  C7 progression.

This video looks at how to simply strum the song.

Fingerpicking parts are for another video in the future



The B-side, "A Human Body", was for many years one of the few Queen songs only available on vinyl. It appeared on the bonus album "Complete Vision" in the 1985 The Complete Works box set. It was eventually released on CD in 2009 as part of The Singles Collection Volume 2 and also included on the bonus disc of the remastered version of The Game in 2011.





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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Brian May's Red Special Book Review





Brian May's Red Special Book - Review



On Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brian-Mays-Special-Simon-Bradley/dp/1780972768/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410984974&sr=8-1&keywords=brian+may+red+special



The first time a comprehensive look at how the famous Queen guitarist built his home made guitar the Red Special



A fully illustrated book viewing the history and background of the famous guitar.

First section contains pictures taken in the early 60's as the guitar was being built.



Greg Fryer in the 90's restored the red special which is fully documented.



Photographs from Queen up until On The Roof where Brian May played on the roof of Buckingham Palace during the Queens jubilee



At the end of the book pictures of all the different Red Specials that have been produced



QUEEN ONLINE INFO

BRIAN MAY’S RED SPECIAL



THE STORY OF THE HOME-MADE GUITAR THAT ROCKED QUEEN AND THE WORLD



BRIAN MAY WITH SIMON BRADLEY



Published in hardback, Carlton, 1st October 2014



A celebration of the iconic guitar that Brian May built with his father and has treasured and played all over the world for the last 50 years. www.theredspecial.com



Order now on amazon.co.uk



“This book about my home-made guitar has been waiting in the wings for a very long time….Why the name ‘Red Special’? It goes back a long way. In the early days, she was always just ‘The Guitar’, and I think it was Jock, one of my first guitar techs, who, in a moment of what one might call over- familiarity, likened his burden of taking care of it to taking care of a spouse, referring to my treasure as the ‘Old Lady’. The appellation had an appeal, and kind of took root for a while. But, to me, this very personal instrument, with her humble beginnings in the minds and hands of my Dad and me, was worthy of a bit more respect than that. I remembered that at the time we finished the top coat of varnish, my Dad had wanted to christen her as the Brian May Special, and I had poo-pooed the idea; now I realised that it wasn’t so uncool to give her a proper name. So one day in a radio interview, when someone asked me what I called the guitar, the words Red Special just tumbled out before I’d had time to think. And from then on, that was her name. There are now a few thousand Red Special replicas in the world, but my first love still keeps some of her mystery. She is, after all, a one-off!” Brian May



Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963 – a project that would take over a year to complete. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially-made electric guitars; his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. The book describes in detail the creative lengths father and son went to in order to construct the guitar. They were incredibly resourceful, using any materials they could get their hands on; the neck of the guitar was constructed from wood from an 18th-century fireplace mantel that a friend of the family was about to throw away and each of the position inlays was hand shaped from a mother-of-pearl button. Previously unseen original sketches, diagrams and notes accompany the text.



For the last 50 years The Red Special has been the guitar that Brian played on every Queen album, in all of Queen's live shows around the world and on the most special of occasions, including his legendary appearance on the roof of Buckingham, Live Aid and the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. In the book Brian talks about these incredible moments he shared with The Red Special and the world.



The book contains fascinating, previously unseen photographs of The Red Special in every stage of its creation as well as shots of Brian in action on stage and behind the scenes with his treasured guitar. It is fitting that the world’s greatest guitarist has a signature guitar as unique as The Red Special, with its own story that fills a book!




About the authors



Although best known to the world as the lead guitarist of supergroup Queen, Brian May has a PhD in astrophysics and is an expert in 3D photography. He co-wrote Bang! The Complete History of the Universe with Chris Lintott and Patrick Moore, A Village Lost and Found with Elena Vidal and Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming. 




Simon Bradley has been a guitar journalist since 1996 and he has written hundreds of articles and interviews on all aspects of the instrument, for many magazines and websites including Guitarist, Total Guitar, What Guitar? Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Future Music, MusicRadar.com, Brianmay.com, and many more.



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

One Year Of Love - Queen - Acoustic Guitar Tutorial





How to play Queen - One Year Of Love from the album A Kind of Magic and used in the film Highlander



The song is in 12/8 which is important to remember when strumming to get the timing right.



The video contains the onscreen chord progression.



"One Year of Love" is a song by British Rock band Queen which was originally released on their twelfth studio album A Kind of Magic in 1986. The song has been written by John Deacon and sung by Freddie Mercury for the film "Highlander".The band never performed the song in their live performances. The album version features John Deacon playing Yamaha DX-7 synth, a string orchestra conducted by Lynton Naiff and a saxophone played by Steve Gregory. In 1992 in the U.S.A. the song was released as a promo-single.

The song has been written in the key of D. Deacon decided to substitute the guitar components with a saxophone solo after a discussion with Brian May, who does not appear in the song.

It was released as a single in France and Spain only,and appeared during the bar scene in Highlander.The single charted only in France.The B-side of the single was "Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)".



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

No Violins - Roger Taylor - Acoustic Guitar Tutorial





How to play No Violins from Roger Taylor's solo album Fun In Space



In this video we look at how to strum and play this track on acoustic guitar.



Fun in Space is the debut album by English musician Roger Taylor, released on 18 April 1981 in the UK and 9 May in the US. The album peaked at number 18 in the British charts, while it performed poorly upon its US release.

The album was recorded in between legs of Queen's tours for The Game and Flash Gordon albums. Taylor wrote, produced, sang and performed all of the songs himself.

The albums credits state "P.P.S. 157 synthesizers", a joke referring to Queen's usual statement of "No synthesisers".

"Future Management" was issued as a single in Europe while "Let's Get Crazy" was released in the US. The album was re-released as a digitally remastered CD in 1996.



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Monday, January 27, 2014

I Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Roger Taylor (chords)

I Cant Get You Out Of My Head

A
I can't get you out of my head No, I can't get you out of my head
D
Sometimes it don't seem right
Bm
Can't seem to sleep at night
A
No, I can't get you out of my heart  No, I can't get you out of my heart
D
Maybe I'm out of touch
Bm
Sometimes I feel too much

A Riff
F#m                              A
Where are we going? What are we going to?
Bm                               D
Times are changing    But I don't want to
A

A
I can't get you out of my life  No, I can't get you out of my life
D
Sometimes it don't seem fair
Bm
Feels like I'm going nowhere
A
I can't get you out of my life
F#m
We had a feeling

A
You know we were going strong
Bm                                                     D
I thought it would last forever Turns out I'm wrong

F#m                             A
Where are we going?  What are we going to?
Bm                             D
Times are changing   But I don't want to

F#m                A                       F#m
I'm out of my head  I'm out of my head
E
I'm out of my head

Solo    D   Bm    A    D  Bm   A

F#m
Where are we going?

A
What are we going to?
Bm
Times are changing

D
But I don't want to
F#m
We had a feeling

A
She knew we were going strong
Bm
I thought it would last forever

D
Turns out I'm wrong

A
I'm out of my head
I can't get you out of my head
'Cos I can't get you out of my head
I can't get you out of my head







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