I’m a huge fan of the Playing Guitar series that Fender has been putting out over the past couple of years. It’s a great way to expose guitarists to new songs as well as hear a little bit about playing style and technique from some of the world’s greatest players.
In this episode, Greg Koch is playing one of my favorite songs, “The Spirit Of Radio” by Rush. Greg talks about his history with music, favorite bands and most influential players. He also plays and sings along with the track (although he downplayed his singing abilities, I thought he did a great job).
If you have not seen any of these videos and enjoy seeing guitarists play at all, I highly recommend checking them out.
Greg Koch is known for his work as a guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. He has worked with national artists such as The Ventures, Steve Miller, Les Paul and Peter Frampton.
Koch has also been a member of the bands Blues Traveler, BoDeans and Cowboy Mouth. In addition to his musical talents, Koch is an accomplished guitarist who has appeared on several television shows including Late Night With David Letterman.
He also has a blog where he talks about his music career and shares videos of himself playing guitar. On one blog post he discusses his history with music and how it started in Milwaukee when he was just 15 years old playing guitar at bars around town.
Koch says that while he was still playing in bands like Cowboy Mouth he began working on solo projects like “The Grinder” which would later become his second album titled “Guitar Heroes” featuring songs by The Ventures which included a cover version called “Flying High Again.”
In another post Koch writes about how he learned to play guitar from listening to records such as Led Zeppelin’s “Led Zeppelin IV” at age 12 while living with his parents in California before moving back home when they moved again after high school graduation along with other family members.
An all-time favorite, I love this song. It is haunting and beautiful, a classic piece of music from one of my all-time favorite bands.
I’ve been playing guitar for over 30 years and have seen many guitar players come and go. There are so many astounding players out there, it’s really mind boggling. When I was a kid in the 80’s and 90’s, I used to watch “guitar instructional videos” which were basically just VHS tapes you could order through the mail or find in your local Guitar Center or music shop that would teach you how to play certain songs or riffs by ear. The guitarist would basically just show you where to put your fingers on the fretboard, one note at a time, and lead you through the song until you got it. Then they would tell you to practice it over and over until you could play it with the right timing and technique.
It was a good way to learn but not very efficient. Nowadays there are hundreds of “how to play guitar” apps out there for mobile devices which can do all these things automatically using audio recognition software like Soundhound or Shazam (you know how those work).
The other day I was watching
The goal of this lesson is to have fun! I love playing and singing this song by one of the most iconic rock bands in history. I am studying for my next lesson which will be a more in-depth explanation of some of the techniques used in this tune. I hope you enjoy it!
The video is an example of the techniques used in this lesson. Please note that there are no specific techniques or tricks that need to be used to play this song well. It can be played with any pick, any style, and at any speed.
(The “Chorus” is also called a “spill.” The “verse” is also called a “spill.”)
Guitar music has always been an important part of my life, and I’m happy to be able to share it with you.
I was born and grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, USA. My parents had a band, which they called the Black Sheep, and they played at local events and parties. Music was always playing somewhere in my house. Their music had a huge influence on me, and I learned a lot from them as a kid.
I was first exposed to guitar music when I was seven years old. It was the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. My parents had just bought themselves some new stereo equipment, and they wanted to show it off by playing their favorite album. They put the record on, turned up the volume, and let it play. The first song that came on the album was “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” and I was instantly hooked. I listened to that song over and over again for hours, until my mom made me go to bed. The next day I went straight back to listening to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band again.
It wasn’t until I was twelve years old that I started playing guitar myself. My parents bought me an acoustic guitar for my birthday,
I first heard Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” on a friend’s guitar in 1971, when I was twelve. My dad had given me my first guitar the previous year, but I hadn’t yet learned to play it. Still, I liked rock music. This was the early days of FM rock radio programming, and there were a few stations in our region that played plenty of Zep. So I’d heard the song before but didn’t know much about it.
My friend said he’d been taking guitar lessons and that his teacher had taught him how to play “Rock and Roll.” He demonstrated the chords for me, and we played them together for a while. I left his house with an assignment: Practice playing these chords every day until next time I saw him. And that’s what I did. When I showed him what I’d been practicing, he taught me my first lead guitar part, which he’d also just learned from his teacher: the lead break in “Rock and Roll.”
I was hooked – not only on playing guitar but also on the bluesy, riffy quality of Jimmy Page’s playing. It wasn’t long before most of my waking hours were spent practicing or thinking about practicing or listening to rock music. Of course, most
The guitar is one of the most famous instruments in the world.
It’s versatile, portable and relatively easy to learn, making it a great choice for beginners and hobbyists.
But it’s also a favorite among professional composers, singers and songwriters.
Guitar music can be found everywhere from classical compositions to rock anthems, and everything in between.
In fact, some of the most famous songs in history were written on guitars!
So how did this instrument become so popular? And why do so many people learn to play it? Let’s take a look at the history of guitar music…