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

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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.

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