Welcome to the first of hopefully many profiles of the guitarists of Ultimate-Guitar.Com. These are examples of just some of the people who regularly frequent the Riffs & Recordings section of the UG forums, and open up their musical creations for the rest of the UGers to dissect. These are the people that make UG Forums what they are, so what better way to give you an insight into their music than to showcase their talents! This week it's our resident R&R moderator, Simon Slack aka Beatallica_fan.
I'm going to use my version of "Autumn Leaves" (alternate); it's a jazz standard that has been covered many times by some of the greatest musicians of the last century. Versions I recommend (apart from mine) are the Eva Cassidy and Cannonball Adderely version (featuring the great Miles Davis). I'm choosing this as it is my jazz playing which I've been working on the most recently, and it's this area of my playing which has developed most since joining UG. I haven't got a tab but here is the chord sheet should you wish to accompany the track or work out your own melodies/leads.
Autumn Leaves' Chart: A:
Cm7 F9 Bbmaj7 Ebmaj7 Am7b5 G#add13 Gm G7#9 Cm7 F9 Bbmaj7 Ebmaj7 Am7b5 G#add13 Gm G7b9
Am7b5 G#add13 Gm Gm Cm7 F9 Bbmaj7 Ebmaj7
Am7b5 G#add13 Gm C7 Fmin Bb7 Ebmaj7 Am7b5 G#add13 Gmaj7 Gmaj9
Structure is ABABC.
I've been playing the guitar for 9 years. My interest in guitar coincided with a move away from poppy chart music to more serious genres with greater instrumentation and deeper themes. The first time I picked up the guitar was while watching a video of Nirvana's unplugged concert, during an ad break a short clip of Hendrix playing Voodoo Chile at Woodstock came on and I was hooked. I went and grabbed my dads encore acoustic and sat in front of the TV trying to copy Kurt. Unfortunately he was tuned to Eb, so my attempts were less than successful, but the seed had been sown.
I continued playing on my fathers acoustic for 3 or 4 months, learning chords primarily along with simple riffs, but never really learning whole songs. This approach bore fruit in the end as I continued to progress whilst friends were trapped in 'power chord hell'. Eventually my Dad purchased a Tokai Stratocaster that he let me use, with a Phillips stereo cassette player as an amp what a tone! I eventually got my own guitar and amp at Xmas '95, a Hohner JT60 and Peavey Rage 158, both of which I still own. For the next few years I played in a few bands and acquired plenty of gear.
When I went to University in '98 my playing suffered as living in halls restricts how much practice you can get. Thus most of the playing I did was drunken acoustic sing-a-longs with the lads after a night down the bar. After graduating I came home and discovered UG. My interest in guitar was re-ignited. I was a made a moderator quite fast and have played a fairly prominent role in the running of UG forums ever since. Being a mod means my main job is to help people but I also learn new things everyday, both from fellow mods and the more knowledgeable users. My interest in other genres, specifically Jazz grew enormously. The user Casualty01 has been a very large influence on my playing since joining UG, I have improved enormously since he started helping me.
UG also allowed me to get back into home recording, the fruits of which you will hear soon. With the inception of UG's Recording and Riffs forum, I had somewhere to share my music, which has also been a huge bonus. Collaborating with people from across the globe is fantastic. I've worked particularly successfully with Bill43 and FatKidsOnMopeds.
- Yamaha Pacifica 1151ms Mike Stern signature guitar
- Ibanez RG570 DX
- Epiphone Les Paul Standard
- Hohner JT60
- Hohner Electro-Acoustic
- Studio X acoustic
- Line 6 Spider 2 x 12 100watt
- Peavey Rage 158
- Jim Dunlop CryBaby
- Fender PT10 Tuner Pedal
- Boss CS3 compressor Sustainer
- Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro
Here's the link to my website where all my music is hosted and you can find the featured track: beatallica.dmusic.com. Other songs to check out are, 'We Live On' (collaboration with FatKidsOnMopeds, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (jazz cover)', 'Something' (cover), 'Funk Riff', 'Iguaza', 'Unreal', 'Nightmare' (collaboration with Arienette and thebassmaster), and my acoustic trilogy of 'Matter Of Time', 'Just Don't See' and 'Can Do No Right' so most of them really ;).
-- Simon (Beatallica_fan).
Thanks to Simon for this week's feature. If you want to see your music featured, remember to pay a visit to the Riffs & Recording forum. There's a huge amount of talent on show and it's always worth taking the time to listen to and critique a couple of songs, as well as getting feedback on your own work.