When Glen Campbell took this solo, he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease. He didn't recognize himself in old pictures, he didn't know what day, month, season or year it was. He was honored with a Grammy but didn't really completely understand what it was. - In the movie "I'll Be Me" which documents his last tour after going public with his diagnosis, he tells the doctor, "I can still play geetar, though!", and man, he wasn't joking. The disease hadn't progressed yet to the point where he lost his improvisational skills at all - in fact, they said it was so ingrained in him that it would probably be among the last things to go. The proof is right here. This is a solo that anybody anywhere at any level of health would be proud to pull off, All of Glen's hallmarks and trademarks - the fast runs, the arpeggios, the odd outside notes, the chromaticism - it's all there just like it was when he was at his peak. I really had a blast learning and playing this one. Hope it serves you well.
Thanks, Cowpoke - I really appreciate the compliment. Believe it or not, I wasn't aware of Glen's guitar genius until a student requested to learn the "Terric Guitar Break" version of "Gentle on My Mind" that jimmy cee has on YouTube. Now, this particular student is not a GC fanatic, that was just a random request he had that week.
I figured it out and showed it to him, and then I started exploring more.
I knew who he was, of course, and I knew he was in the Wrecking Crew, But I heard something exceptional in that solo and started to seek out other stuff. Lo and Behold.... funny how life turns on such random encounters sometimes..
Oh , and if anyone is interested, Here's the original video I made - The first Glen Campbell Guitar guitar solo instruction video ever on Youtube!
Danny, thanks so much for posting these videos. I am really trying to get to play one of the more easy solos. I was very impressed by your latest video on My Window Faces the South. You are a great player yourself!
Got another one for anyone who is watching ( I honestly have no idea)
Learning a lot about Glen by learning his solos. I like this one because it's a really early example of the unique ways that Glen arranged the notes he used. Dee explained to me Glen's early admiration for Django Reinhardt, that helped me understand where he was coming from in some of his ideas. Anyway, here it is, and here it will stay.
Cool little solo by GC. It's easy, and it's not. If you have some experience with country techniques, it's not hard at a moderate speed, but it's a little tough to get at full speed. Very tasty, and one of the few Glen solos playable by mortals.
If you play guitar, you already know how talented Glen is, by it being almost IMPOSSIBLE to replicate his solo's. Danny Schorr has an instructional channel on YouTube and has begun to share (FREE) lessons on some of Glen's solos (you can also find other great guitar lessons on his channel)! These videos are extremely helpful in working through the complex runs that Glen pulls off so effortlessly.