Here they are….
Where the streets have no name (U2) – The edge’s rhythmic use of the echo effect just got my attention. I remember “The Flock of Seagulls” used to do it as well but it was “ The Edge” who made that style famous and synonymous to his name. Although I rarely do the dotted 8 note trick nowadays, still a delay pedal is something that is more important to me than an overdrive…. That’s why it’s number one on the list.
Away (The Bolshoi) – The Strength and simplicity of shimmery choral arpeggios is what I picked up from Trevor Tanner . This is the basis for my ornamental rhythm guitar playing.
Don’t dream it’s over (Crowded House) – Tasteful choice of notes that tenderly but strongly serving the song, giving more drama to an already dramatic songwriting – simple big melodies are priceless
The Motion of Love (Gene Loves Jezebel) – Yes The Aston twins wore tons of make-up which was directly proportional to the juicy but piercing melodic riffs they put in their songs.
The one I love (REM) – The first song I’ve ever learned to play and the ability to play lesser guitar and more of the song
Sweet child of mine (Guns n Roses) – What can I say? It’s a guitar riff of a generation. I remember at one point one has to know this song before one can earn a spot at an audition for lead guitar. A totally challenging leap from an anti hero style that I started from.
Blaze of Glory (Jon Bon Jovi) – This song (and album) introduced me to the genius of Jeff Beck.
I can’t live (Nelson) – It’s all about the girls. Seriously I blame them for some of my “Tragic Boy Girl Relationship” songs I must admit I enjoyed them hehehe.
I Remember you (SkidRow) – Oh Yeah I really had to cut my teeth learning and playing this song. Power, Melody, Speed, and Creativity all in one song and it’s supposed to be a ballad. I’ve Realized how strong power ballads are.
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) – This is not from my era but Queen is a very hypnotic band and Brian May’s guitar Playing is as flamboyant as Freddie Mercury. The song that I Air-guitar(ed) the most and also made me realize that you can play home-made guitars.
Eventually I discovered Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and all the rest as I studied the origins of Rock Guitar which is RnB and I’m really surprised to meet a lot of new guitarist today who have no clue to this but that’s a different subject.
I hope you enjoyed them.
Till next time.