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    That is just unbelievable, Aragorn. Wow, how could he possibly play that like that? Love Elen
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    Quote Originally posted by Elen View Post
    That is just unbelievable, Aragorn. Wow, how could he possibly play that like that? Love Elen
    Yeah, when Gary Moore made his guitar cry, it really did cry. My guess is that he put a lot of dedication into the building up and maintenance of his dexterity. He also practised at playing jazz at home, but not in public — he didn't feel confident enough for that — and he has covered many different musical styles over his career, all the way from progressive jazz-rock and heavy metal over to hard rock, blues rock, and even some funk stuff. So he probably had a very good grasp on music theory as well.

    He was also known for using relatively heavy strings on his guitars — 0.11 to 0.56 as opposed to the more common 0.09 to 0.42 or 0.10 to 0.46 gauges for solid-body electric guitars — which makes his string bending and vibrato even more epic.

    He was also an avid guitar collector. The 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard which Gary used in that live performance of "Parisienne Walkways" used to belong to the legendary Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, and Gary had the Gibson Custom Shop make him a custom Les Paul based upon that model. (Peter Green's Les Paul had the neck pickup magnet — which had fallen out during the repair of a broken wire — accidentally reinserted upside down, which yielded a strange (but later on quite popular) out-of-phase sound when both pickups were switched on together.)
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    This one's for our sister Elen, since she likes guitar solos. (This is another guy who has influenced me a lot as a guitarist, especially when I was much younger.)


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    And here's yet another guy who has influenced me quite a lot. He is considered one of the two best guitarists on the planet — the other one being his friend and mentor, Joe Satriani — and he's a bit weird because of his use of masonic and esoteric symbolism, but he truly is a musical genius, and he's actually a very cool guy.

    At only 18 years old, he was recruited into Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention, in order to play the solos that Zappa himself deemed "impossible to play". Like Zappa himself, Vai meticulously writes, practises and arranges his songs down to the shortest note, even though he often likes coming across as "reckless" during live performances. He would later also go on to replace the legendary Yngwie J. Malmsteen in Alcatrazz, and he would team up with ex-Van Halen singer David Lee Roth a short while later.

    After that, he would join Whitesnake for the recording of the Slip Of The Tongue album and the associated tour, but at the same time he was already working on his solo career, creating the seminal Passion & Warfare album, of which the song here-below is the seventh song. (Steve Vai ritually makes the seventh song on each of his albums into an epic ballad.)




    He also had a guest role in the 1980s road movie Crossroads, as Eugene's (Ralph Macchio) opponent Jack Butler — a guitarist who (literally) sold his soul to the devil in exchange for success — in an epic guitar duel. In reality however, even though actor Ralph Macchio can actually play the guitar, all the guitar parts of the final phase of the famous guitar duel — a classical piece by Paganini — had been played in by Steve Vai himself, and Eugene's other guitar parts in the movie were played in by Ry Cooder.

    (As a little bit of background information on the guitar duel — without wanting to recount the whole movie — Willie, Eugene's elderly friend with the harmonica, had once sold his soul to Scratch, the devil. Eugene wants to help Willie retrieve his soul, so he offers Scratch a deal, in the form of a duel. If Eugene wins, then Willie gets his soul back, and if he loses, Scratch will have Eugene's soul as well.)


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    Another brilliant guitarist, or actually two brilliant guitarists, often touring together. The song is called "Room 335" and is Larry Carlton's tribute to his own trusted 1960s-era Gibson ES-335 semi-hollow electric guitar.

    Although he has recorded and played many different versions of this song over the years, I personally feel that the live version here-below — from his 1995 tour of Japan with fellow guitar virtuoso Lee Ritenour — is the very best. This particular version also features an awesome bass guitar solo by Melvin Davis.


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    This here is a really beautiful rendition — one of the very best, in my opinion — of Jeff Beck's 'Cause We Ended As Lovers, by Steve Lukather and Lee Ritenour.


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    How I'm feeling right now...


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a01QQZyl-_I



    Pressure pushing down on me
    Pressing down on you, no man ask for
    Under pressure that burns a building down
    Splits a family in two
    Puts people on streets

    It's the terror of knowing
    What this world is about
    Watching some good friends
    Screaming, "Let me out!"
    Tomorrow gets me higher
    Pressure on people - people on streets

    Chippin' around, kick my brains 'round the floor
    These are the days - it never rains but it pours
    People on streets - people on streets

    It's the terror of knowing
    What this world is about
    Watching some good friends
    Screaming, "Let me out!"
    Tomorrow gets me higher, higher, higher...
    Pressure on people - people on streets

    Turned away from it all like a blind man
    Sat on a fence but it don't work
    Keep coming up with love but it's so slashed and torn
    Why, why, why?

    Love

    Insanity laughs under pressure we're cracking
    Can't we give ourselves one more chance?
    Why can't we give love that one more chance?
    Why can't we give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love, give love?..

    'Cause love's such an old-fashioned word
    And love dares you to care for
    The people on the edge of the night
    And love dares you to change our way of
    Caring about ourselves
    This is our last dance
    This is our last dance
    This is ourselves
    Under pressure
    Under pressure
    Pressure

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    Aragorn, hope you are feeling less pressured today, if less pressure is what you desire

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    Quote Originally posted by Lansing View Post
    Aragorn, hope you are feeling less pressured today, if less pressure is what you desire
    That's very kind of you, friend, but unfortunately, I'm in a rather dark place right now, and I suspect that I'm still going to have to reside there for quite a while still.
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    Quote Originally posted by Aragorn View Post
    That's very kind of you, friend, but unfortunately, I'm in a rather dark place right now, and I suspect that I'm still going to have to reside there for quite a while still.
    It saddens me to hear of your despondence. I pray your prediction of affliction for some time proves to be incorrect.
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    Gee Aragorn.............I hear you, accept where you are at. I will continue to hold you close in my heart, while in your dark place you work toward bringing in the light............whatever that may be for you.

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    Let's see whether anyone here recognizes the singer of this band — yes, it's a 1979 cover version of Dusty Springfield's big hit from 1964, and no, it's not Dusty Springfield you see here.


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    Annie Lennox?

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    Quote Originally posted by tok View Post
    Quote Originally posted by Aragorn View Post
    Let's see whether anyone here recognizes the singer of this band — yes, it's a 1979 cover version of Dusty Springfield's big hit from 1964, and no, it's not Dusty Springfield you see here.
    Annie Lennox?
    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!
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