Don't call me dude!

Here is a cool guitar riff that I remember was the "IN riffs" that people were loving when I was learning guitar.  It was one of, if not, the coolest opening guitar riff I've ever listened too.  Not many people could play it in our school so I was determined to learn it and I listened to this songs intro over and over again until I got it down. 

(I remember some mates of mine who'd been playing the guitar longer than were jealous that i'd learned it so quickly after I'd only been playing guitar for 3 months at the time! Hah fun times)

This riff is the opening riff to Scatterbrains classic, Don't call me dude! Note that this only the first 1/2 of the riff as the next two measures have a rest between them


You can play this riff with a pick but if you use hybrid picking techniques, this riff seems to flow a lot better.

This whole song is full of killer guitar riffage and is a lot of fun to play.  It wasn't too many years after this song was released when this funny "anti guitar" thing started to occur with new music.  Being a super guitar was no longer a requirement in popular music.  There was no need to be the gun guitarist any more, you just needed to be able to play the thing and write cool music.  Guitarists that did still like complex riff writing and interesting song structures still existed and put out lots of great music but as the 90s progressed, the gun guitarist in modern bands became a thing of past. 

In hindsight, its not actually bad that it occurred as the music put out by labels and bands weren't all that bad just not as guitar-centric as it used to be.  There was some great music being put out, it just was a little more "accessible" to people learning the guitar.  They didn't need to be a super player to play their favourite music.  That's not to say that Don't call me dude was that complex, it wasn't, but it was definitely a challenge to some


Marty Friedman on Instrumental Music

A few years back I came across this interview with one of my favourite guitarist, Marty Friedman. He had a few choice words to say about instrumental music, particularly instrumental guitar bands (of which there are thousands! )

At 4m45s into this clip, the interviewer asks if Marty has any advice to young players.  Marty is quite critical of instrumental music and bands and he admits he isn't a fan of Instrumental and you know what, I totally agree.  Neither am I.  I find most guitar instrumental music boring to be honest, but there's more to it than that. 

I personally think Marty's views about instrumental music are more about "instrument centric" instrumental music, IE the Joe Satriani's or the Steve Vai's type of instrumental. With myself as a guitarist being in an instrumental band, I have to agree with him. Instrumental music where the melody is all guitar is boring as these days and is like listening to paint dry.  Guitar centered instrumental music has been done to death and most releases are quite narrow melodically. 

There are of course a number of exceptions like Gutrie Govan's, The Aristocrats for example.

My band, The Cilikis, has moved away from our guitar centered music writing and I have deliberately pushed my guitar parts to the layering of the music.  No one cares about the sweeps and taps and all the stock guitar wankery that you can do on a guitar, they just don't...

People want a great song that tells a story regardless of how good you are. You CAN keep an audience's attention if you are just willing to take the focus off your own playing and put the energy into the song your writing and keeping the musical story content interesting and diverse..

That doesn't mean playing different styles from one song to the next as Marty points out.  That's more like a musical resume not an album.  Instrumental song writing needs more attention than writing a song for lyrics.  If you take out the lyric content, you need to do a lot more to win an audiences attention.  Some of the greatest music ever written is instrumental music.  Look at the orchestral greats and learn how they wrote instrumental music that still captivates people today.



Cool Dominant 7b9 arpeggio

Trawling though old tabs and lesson material, I stumbled onto a few tab snippets that I thought might be of interest to a few people.

This is an interesting dominant 7 flat 9 arpeggio that I converted into a sequence.  Kind of a jarring, diminished quality to it.  This particular arpeggio / sequence is in the key of F Major and is based on the C7b9 chord.


The new "replacement" Guitar Blog!

After years of using site software like WordPress and b2evolution as blogging platforms, ive found them to be way over the top and surplus to my requirements.  I found I wasn't using these blog platforms as much as I had liked so Ive been on the hunt for a simple platform that provides a simple, post and go interface and this is it! Nibbleblog

This will be where I post from now on instead of using social media like Facebook and Twitter as the default platforms.  They are waste of time and restrict views (particularly Facebook).  So ill post here more often and then share the link to the blog post directly rather than just posting to social media and expecting the site containers to show the content that usually ends up being (unfortunately) hidden by ad-blockers.


Hopefully this will end up being the whole websites platform for content delivery.  So far Im quite impressed by its simplicity and minimalist approach to blogging.



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  • Professional guitar teacher, guitarist for jazz metal fusion band, The Cilikis. I also love playing around with custom hand made guitar effects and I love drinking tea and growing chilli's!