Easy stuff for beginners

Chord changes in News on live version of the Making Movies tour

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Have you ever noticed that some chords of  News were changed in the live version that Dire Straits used to play on the On Location tour (Making Moviers tour) in 1980/81? The original chord sequence of News – as recorded on the Communiqué album – was: Em –  Bm –  C –  Bm –  Am – Am –  C –  C Live it was changed to: Em – Bm – C – G/B – Am – Am  G/B – C – C  D In words: The second Bm was changed to a G (while the bass still plays the B). This also lead to some changes of the melody over this chord. The G before the last C chord (also with a B in the […]

MK guitar style and licks

Interesting lick in Telegraph Road from a 1992 live version

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In today’s blog post I want to feature a lick again, one I think that stroke me because of the interesting and logical idea behind it. This idea is: what will it sound like if you steadily repeat the same five sixteenth notes? In detail:  On a recording of Telegraph Road from Nimes, France, September 29,  1992 (this is NOT the gig in Nimes that was filmed for the On Every Night video earlier that year but the one that was shown on TV in many European countries), Mark played a lick that consists of the following five repeated notes: If each of these notes is played as a sixteenth note, always each fourth of them will fall on the beat. As there are five […]

Guitar in general

Why do certain pickups like Stratocaster pick-ups from the 50ies or the Schecter F500T die so often?

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A guitar pickup does not contain any moving parts, and for this reason it is generally free of mechanical wear and might work for many decades (maybe even for centuries?). Nevertheless, certain pickup models seem to be prone to die earlier than others. One example are Fender pickups from the 50ies or early 60ies. For this reason you will often see vintage Stratocasters with rewound pickups. The same is true for the Schecter F500T – a tapped pickup which consists of two individual coils. It is mostly corrosion of the magnets that kills the pickup The reason is simple. A pickup consists of some magnets and a coil – in case of a standard Fender-type singlecoil pickup we have individual magnetic pole pieces for each […]