That Was The Year...
on the prototype of his first commercial guitar, the Fender Broadcaster. With three-a-side tuners on the all-maple neck the guitar lacks that certain something and the surface-mounted rectangular control plate and small scratchplate offer a lack of coordination. But when presented in 1950 all the design elements are in place and a classic is born. at a dancehall in Twist, arkansas and knock over a barrel of burning kerosene causing the building to blaze. BB King dashes back into the burning building to retrieve his Gibson guitar only later to realise what a foolish thing he’d done. he then names that and every other guitar he plays, Lucille, the name of the girl the men were fighting over, to remind him never to act rashly again. becomes the Commonwealth; the Federal Republic of Germany and the democratic Republic of Germany (east Germany) are officially established; israel becomes a member of the United Nations; Transjordan is now the Kingdom of Jordan; and the NaTO defence alliance is created following the signing of the North atlantic Treaty. on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York; snowfall is recorded in Los angeles for the first time; a 1948 Volkswagen model VW Type 1 car arrives in New York – it’s the first to arrive in the States but little interest is shown. The first emmy awards are presented and hopalong Cassidy is the first television western to be aired in america. Phil Lynott, Trevor horn, Francis Rossi, Billy Gibbons, Rick Wakeman, Mark Knopfler, Paul Rodgers, Bruce Springsteen, Gloria Gaynor, Robin and Maurice Gibb, Gil Scott-heron, Steve Perry and Robert Palmer. astronomer Fred hoyle coins the term Big Bang as the start of the Universe; Gerard Kuiper discovers another moon of Neptune, it’s given the name Nereid; George Orwell’s novel Nineteen eighty-Four is published; and Margaret Roberts, the future Margaret Thatcher, is adopted as the Conservative candidate for dartford – she will go on to unsuccessfully fight two elections in the constituency in 1950 and 1951. is producing one of the most radical guitars ever but so far he’s only made four! This twin-pickup solid features a wooden tailpiece, surfacemounted controls and a pickup selector. The fretboard sports an array of inlays but apart from the birds-eye maple top, the most striking feature is the stylish three-a-side headstock, considered by many as the inspiration for Fender’s Stratocaster. Other makers produced variations of this design but it was the Strat’s that was to become
so iconic. Here’s a fun, head-bopping blues shuffle in A (to go with our great cover feature). Mix up A major Pentatonic (A-B-C#-E-F#) and A minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) for maximum blues vibes. Knowing the 7th arpeggios will come in handy as well – A7 (A-C#-E-G), D7 (D-F#-A-C) and E7 (E-G#-B-D). Up for a challenge? Then try this odd-meter track (in 11/8) in the key of B major. Counting 4, 4, 3 will help. The chords are: B-B-Gmaj7-E, an example of modal interchange, meaning it goes from major (B major, B chords) to minor (B Minor/ Dorian, G and E chords). Think B major Pentatonic (B-C#-D#F#-G#) to B minor Pentatonic (B-D-E-F#-A). You can give your groove guitar playing a workout on this funk track in A minor. Have a go at working on chords (whole and partial), single-note lines and double-stops – picked from A minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G), A Minor (A-B-C-D-E-F-G) and arpeggios – Am7 (A-C-E-G), Dm7 (D-F-A-C) and Em7 (E-G-B-D). Here’s a medium-tempo jazz-blues in the challenging key of Ab major. For scales, try Ab major Pentatonic (Ab-Bb-CEb-F) and Ab minor Pentatonic Ab-B-Db-Eb-Gb) as a good starting point. But also add some Ab Mixolydian (Ab-Bb-C-Db-EbF-Gb) and Ab Major scale (Ab-Bb-C-Db-Eb-F-G). Finally, try following the progression playing the arpeggios along the way: Ab7 (Ab-C-Eb-Gb); Db7 (Db-F-Ab-B); Ebm7 (Eb-Gb-BbDb); D dim (D-F-Ab-B); F7 (F-A-C-Eb); Bbm (Bb-Db-F-Ab); and Eb7 (Eb-G-Bb-Db). Join us for an in-depth look at the guitars that made these two brands great in two new bookazines: Legends Of Tone. Top historians examine the key models that made the companies household names and we look at ultra-rare and desirable examples. With star interviews, Top 10 Tones for each model plus fabulous photography, this is a must-read for lovers of Gibson and Fender electrics. www.myfavouritemagazines.com.
Chris hunt Weybridge, Surrey. electric, acoustic and classical.
Playing in any key. Beginners to advanced, in electric and acoustic – RGT acoustic Grades if desired
Up to Grade 6 classical. anything in tab.
£35 an hour i teach at the student’s home. 07958 660193.