gary moore

In this month’s in­stal­ment ex­plores the ex­tra­or­di­nary power be­hind the punchy blues-rock style of an Ir­ish gui­tar gi­ant.

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Taken too soon in 2011, aged just 58, Ir­ish blues rock gui­tarist Gary Moore leaves be­hind a po­tent legacy and a firm­lyestab­lished rep­u­ta­tion as one of the great Bri­tish gui­tarists. Born Robert Wil­liam Gary Moore in 1952 in Belfast North­ern Ire­land, Gary – like most as­pir­ing young gui­tarists of his gen­er­a­tion – grew up on a diet of Elvis Pres­ley closely fol­lowed by Al­bert King, BB King, Fred­die King and the other blues giants from that pe­riod. Gary was also for­tu­nate as a young teenager to see per­for­mances of Jimi Hen­drix and Peter Green, which un­doubt­edly helped to form his style and ap­proach. No­tably, Peter Green would sub­se­quently men­tor Gary early in his ca­reer.

At 16 years of age Gary re­lo­cated to Dublin with the aim of be­com­ing a mu­si­cian. Here he met Phil Lynott who be­came a close friend and with whom he would work with many times over his ca­reer. Gary’s nat­u­ral mu­si­cal­ity cou­pled with his power mus­cle tech­nique, was a tour de force and it wasn’t long be­fore Gary be­came a pro mu­si­cian mak­ing his record­ing de­but with Ir­ish band Skid Row.

When Skid Row dis­banded af­ter three al­bums, Gary went solo but it was not long be­fore he was asked to re­place Eric Bell in Thin Lizzy, along­side his old friend Phil Lynott. Gary’s pres­ence in Thin Lizzy would peak and wane and he would be a mem­ber of the band at var­i­ous stages through­out their ca­reer.

In 1979 Gary had a sur­prise hit as a solo artist with Parisi­enne Walk­ways – and had his old band­mate Lynott as a guest on vo­cals. Parisi­enne Walk­ways con­tin­ues to be a favourite among gui­tarists but at the time it opened up his tal­ent to a whole new au­di­ence and gave him in­ter­na­tional suc­cess.

IF YOU ARE AN EX­PRES­SIVE PLAYER, PEO­PLE CAN FEEL THAT. IT IS AN EMO­TIONAL THING AND IT BE­COMES AN EX­TEN­SION OF YOUR­SELF GARY MOORE

Moore also joined fu­sion band Coli­seum, and later guested on al­bums by leg­endary rock acts in­clud­ing Phil Collins and The Trav­el­ing Wil­burys. He also formed BBM with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Ma­jor suc­cess came in 1990 with blues al­bums Still Got The Blues and Af­ter Hours, pro­vid­ing world­wide suc­cess and mas­sive record sales.

For this month’s ar­ti­cle, Ex 1 typ­i­fies Gary’s Skid Row pe­riod ,while Ex 2 fo­cuses on his abil­ity to play tune­ful Mi­nor scale lines over a more com­plex chord pro­gres­sion.

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