My Guitar Heroes: JD Simo Tutorial

My Guitar Heroes Tutorial

13 Feb 2022 | 3.49 GB

Seminal Influences of TrueFire Educators
Every musician has a long list of other musicians, past and present, that have inspired, influenced and helped shape their own sound and musicality. It’s the natural evolution of music. We asked JD Simo to pass on to you some of the key learnings that his Guitar Heroes passed on to him.

”Eddie Hazel, Earl Hooker, Leo Nocentelli, Junior Kimbrough, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Catfish Collins are just a few of the players that greatly influenced my sound.

In this course, I’ll first show you a few of the techniques and approaches that I picked up from each one of them and then we’ll play through a series of performance studies for musical context.

We’ll start out with Eddie Hazel and his psychedelic approach to soul and the birth of funk. Next, we’ll explore Earl Hooker’s slide style and his use of fuzz and a wah. Leo Nocentelli’s cocked wah tone, use of double stops, and how he creates dissonant tension is something every player can put to good use.

We’ll explore Junior Kimbrough’s understated vibrato and relaxed lazy time against the bar line. Then we’ll examine Lightnin’ Hopkins’ closed box style, thumb use, along with one of my favorite turnaround licks.

Last but certainly not least, Catfish Collins never overplayed, had amazing phrasing and a rhythm style that is also worth digging deep into.”

JD will first introduce his heroes to you and describe why he found them so influential. After each discussion, JD will then present a performance study illustrating those influences in a musical context, over a backing track. A breakdown follows every performance and JD will explain and demonstrate all of the key concepts and approaches in play.

You’ll get standard notation and tabs for all of the performance studies. Plus, you’ll be able to use TrueFire’s learning tools to sync the tab and notation to the video lesson. You can also loop or slow down the videos so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace. All of the backing tracks are included to work with on your own as well.

Grab your guitar and let’s dig in with JD Simo!


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