Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Guitar Boogie

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Guitar Boogie

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Rock-guitar solos are most commonly associated with the electric guitar, but one of the earliest examples, if not the first-Arthur Smith's 1945 recording of his signature tune "Guitar Boogie" (a.k.a. "Guitar Boogie Shuffle")-was recorded on a steel-string. This 12-bar blues, alternating between piano-inspired boogiewoogie patterns and nimble single-note lines, set the template for rock 'n' roll, and for the guitar as a hot soloing instrument.

CGP Tommy Emmanuel has recorded "Guitar Boogie" several times and made it a staple of his set list. This transcription is based on an informal but remarkable performance posted on Emmanuel's YouTube page, on which the guitarist cuts loose on a shiny Gibson J-45, with chorus after chorus of cool ideas.

Due to space restrictions, seven choruses (84 bars) of the solo aren't shown in notation, but the music here gives you a good sampling of the different approaches Emmanuel takes to this tune and to his flatpicking in general- among them, fancy jazz reharmonizations (bars 17-20 and elsewhere), tricky chromaticism (bar 56), and wild sweep picking (bar 84). …

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