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Booker T. & the M.G.’s is an instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul. The original members of the group were Booker T. Jones(organ), Steve Cropper(guitar), Al Jackson Jr.(drums) and Lewie Steinberg(bass) replaced in 1965 by bassist Duck Dunn. In the 1960s, as members of the house band of Stax Records, they played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor and Albert King. They also released instrumental records under their own name, of which the best known is the 1962 hit single “Green Onions”. As originators of the unique Stax sound, the group was one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of its era. By the mid-1960s, bands on both sides of the Atlantic were trying to sound like Booker T. & the M.G.’s.
When I was a youngster learning to play guitar, I spent many hours imitating MG’s guitarist Steve Cropper, learning every one of their songs and Steve’s solos. I will be forever influenced by Steve Cropper’s expressive R&B guitar solo style.
I have put together a YouTube lesson tutorial set featuring my favorite tune by the MG’s, “Green Onions”. Use the link below to check it out!
The Christmas Holidays are approaching, and it is time to learn that Christmas favorite on piano, “Linus And Lucy” from Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi on piano!
Most think this is a difficult piece, and it can be, but it is very playable even for beginners if approached in a simple way! I have put together a YouTube Lesson Playlist on this song and will be adding more Vince Guaraldi lessons as time permits. Get started on learning it right now by using the YouTube link below for my Vince Guaradi Piano Lessson Playlist! Merry Christmas!
Behind nearly every successful rock singer in a band is a great GUITARIST! For many years Mike Campbell has been the lead guitarist for Tom Petty and co-wrote many of the Heartbreaker’s hit songs! I have completed a YouTube guitar lesson covering the guitar leads and chord changes for “Breakdown”, one of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers most famous songs. You can check them out by using the YouTube links below!
Tom Petty R.I.P. 1950 -2017
Tom Petty, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who melded California rock with deep, stubborn Southern heritage vocals to produce a long string of durable hits, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers were always one of my favorite rock bands. Tom’s unique voice and Mike Campbell’s bluesy guitar riffs got my attention right away when I first heard “Damn The Topedos” many years ago.
His songs were staples of rock radio for decades, and “Refugee” has always been my all-time favorite. I felt that I had to do something to honor Tom on my YouTube channel, so I have produced and posted a tutorial “How To Play Refugee On Guitar”.
To check it out, click the link below:
I hope to add more Tom Petty music tutorials as time to produce is available. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and remaining band members. He will surely be missed.
There is a lot that you can do with ONE FINGER. Really. I have created and compiled a playlist of YouTube tutorials that will show you how to play various riffs, chords and pieces on guitar. The tutorials in this playlist will definitely expand your musical capabilities on the guitar as well as spark your musical imagination. Understanding what you can do with one finger leads you to immediately expand the use of them all!
Use the link below to realize how you can do more with less on guitar!
The Ultimate Christmas Playlist The Ultimate Christmas YouTube Tutorial Playlist
All you pumpkins and goblins gather round! It’s that time again! Halloween is just around the corner, and if you intend to play and sing some fun Halloween songs, the time to learn them is NOW!
Click the link below to get to my YouTube Playlist of easy Halloween song lessons on guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukulele! Half the fun is learning the songs, so let’s get started having Halloween fun right now!
CLICK THIS LINK! Halloween Song Lessons From EricBlackmonMusic YouTube!
Happy Halloween and thanks so much for watching EricBlackmonMusic YouTube!
For Christmas Holiday Song Lessons CLICK THE LINK BELOW!
I study guitar standard tuning every day. And every day I learn something new about it! I have compiled a short list of Amazing Facts About Guitar That Players Most Ignore! Here is the list of things covered in my video tutorial on the subject!
1. Standard Tuning And Some Not So Obvious Benefits!
Practice time is key to mastering a musical instrument, but sometimes the question is “what do I practice?” Maybe this playlist of guitar exercises and practice routines will help.
Use the link below to access my compilation of guitar exercises and routines that will help you to get musically, physically and mentally fit to play the way that you would like! “How long should I practice” is usually the next question, and the answer is easy. Practice until you feel that you have a feeling of of “accomplishment”, however long it takes. Make sure that you sit down and play until you have broken a small barrier, whether it is a chord that you could not quite finger before without muting, or a riff you could not play quite the way you wanted. Just don’t get up until you have reached some sort of goal. If you do this every time you practice, you will become very happy with the results. Rock on!
Your pal, Eric
I have recently posted a PLAYLIST of YouTube Tutorials which feature How To Play lessons of guitar solos by many great rock and blues artists like B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Thin Lizzy, Brian May, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ernie Isley, Chuck Berry and many more!
This playlist will be updated regularly, so save it in your favorites to automatically get new posts! Use the links below to start learning a bunch of famous guitar solos by famous rock and blues artists right away!
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Chuck Berry was one of the greatest and most influential rock guitarists ever!
He will certainly be missed. However we will always be able to remember him because of the wonderful music he has left with us. Below is a link to playlist of Chuck Berry YouTube guitar lessons that will be added to from time to time. Also included below are many links to other lessons on how to play songs by many other great rock artists.
Thank you Chuck for all the great guitar riffs and songs! Chuck Berry 1926 – 2017