Remembering Gary Moore

(Gibson) The punch line for the old joke "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" is the same as the answer for "How do I begin to sound like Gary Moore?" Practice.

Moore who would be celebrating his 59th birthday on April 4, had he not died of heart failure on February 6 last year was a fantastic technician whose speed, articulation and vibrato are the stuff that legends are made of, to say nothing of his amazing tone, which coupled clean wallop with mad-dog-mean snarl.

Whether playing the blues that first inspired him to pick up a guitar or the rock and Celtic-rock he perfected with groups like Thin Lizzy, the original Skid Row and Colosseum, and on a long chain of outstanding solo albums, Moore cut the path of a musical giant on whatever stage he strode.

To begin approaching Moore's technique as a songwriter requires a broad compositional palette gleaned from years of listening to jazz, electric and country blues, early as in Chuck Berry-era to Cream era classic rock, as well as the traditional Irish music that helped fuel such notable Moore tunes as "Over the Hills and Far Away." For an earful of his melodic jazz-rock playing, dive into "Parisenne Walkways," arguably the most emotional piece in his repertoire, and an instrumental at that. more on this story

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