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What’s my story?
I’ve been performing, recording and teaching the guitar since I was 13. It has taken me to Berklee College of Music, on tour, and into the studio. I started my own teaching studio for students looking for the next chapter in their musical journey. Welcome to my dojo. Take your shoes off and relax. Immerse yourself in all I have to offer.
I specialize in Jazz, Blues & Rock styles. I offer private 55m lessons at my midtown studio in NYC.
Here are some links from around the web from last week’s email:
“The new Brian Wilson film, Derek Trucks on opening your ears and your heart, improving your grasp of music theory on your instrument, Matt Warnock on building a better practice plan, and this year’s Grey Fox Bluegrass Fest – pretty exciting stuff!”
My first stage experiences were with a bar band I started with my best mates in high school. The band-leader’s dad played drums and sang like Levon Helm. he had us learn “I’m Tore Down” from Eric Clapton’s 1994 album “From The Cradle”. It’s a hi-octane, swinging blues arrangement made famous by Freddie King in the 1960’s.
I’m glad I had to learn it because it challenged me to transcribe a guitar solo in a much deeper way. Eric’s solo is only 2 choruses, but he has a way of saying the same thing in a thousand different ways.
Listen to different versions of “I’m Tore Down” from this Spotify Playlist:
I recently learned it again top-to-bottom, to play at blues jam sessions. It’s a great arrangement because it’s not just a static 12-bar form. There are different breaks in each verse, and the phrases are different lengths. Playing this kind of song forces a band to communicate through visual cues.
The first video below shows the rhythm guitar parts, lead fills. Followed by the solo in a separate clip.
This is a great tune, with awesome guitar parts. I hope you enjoy the work I put into transcribing it!