Turnaround: Gary Moore
The much-missed guitarist had more than a few ideas for electrifying blues and rock soloing up his sleeve. Read on as we take a look at the fiery playing of Gary Moore
Gary Moore took up guitar at the age of 10, moving from his native Belfast to Dublin at the age of 16 and becoming a professional player. While living in Dublin in the late 1960s, he caught all the latest bands live; John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Jimi Hendrix and Cream amongst others. However, Gary’s biggest influence was Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green who would become something of a mentor to him, later selling him his famed 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard. This now legendary instrument, which Gary would call ‘Greeny’, features on many early Mac tracks, much of Gary’s blues work and now resides with its latest owner, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.
Gary was one of the fastest, most fiery rock players out there, but he was also versatile, turning his hand to jazz-rock in the 1970s with Colosseum II and eventually returning to his blues roots in the 90s. His playing still packed a punch though, and his high-volume, high gain soloing style remained largely unchanged. This month’s tab examples are based on Gary’s later blues recordings, with a couple paying tribute to his melodic playing on ballads like Still Got The Blues and Parisienne Walkways.
You’ll want to dial in a reasonably high-gain distortion tone to play the examples this month, and preferably use a humbuckerequipped guitar.