Every great guitar player has a classic riff that almost defines a career, and for Gary Moore, this is probably it! The intro lead part is one of the most recognisable pieces of guitar playing across the world and it's great fun to learn. Simon walks you through the lead part as well as the chords in this beautiful Gary Moore track.
For the lead part we are using the A minor scale in a couple of places across the neck. It is really important to visualise the scale shapes as you learn the part, which allows you to take the licks you are learning and use them in your own improvisation. Below are 5 shapes of the A minor scale. Remember that most of the lead part is based in that shape 4 on the 12th fret... So try to visualise that!
You will also occasionally hear a note that is outside of the basic A minor scale. This note is from the A harmonic minor scale. The harmonic minor scale is identical to the natural minor, except we raise the 7th degree by a semi-tone (one fret). This gives us a slightly darker sound that really wants to resolve to the root of A. In the video, Simon uses this note within shape 4 & shape 1 of the A minor scale, and therefore we get the A harmonic minor scales as shown here:
When you come to play the chord part of the song you will notice that we are using all open chord shapes and that we are arpeggiating through the chords. This simply means to pick through individual notes rather than to strum them. The chords we are using for the entire track (which loops these chords) are:
There is a really cool melodic chord pattern that happens in the third loop, which we have popped onto the fretboard below, to help you learn this viually.
Halfway through this track Gary Moore takes the first note off the lead part and holds it... For some time! In the recorded track it's for a few seconds, but live he manages to stretch that out even further. How? Well, as Simon explains you need:
This is just a bit of fun really... See how long you can keep that note ringing out for! Can you beat Simon, even when he is just at teaching volume?! Good luck!
You've now completed and taken a huge step forwards in your guitar playing journey.
Feel free to bask in glory for a while, or go ahead and try another course if you're hungry for more.