Singled Out: Ethan Brosh's Up The Stairway

Today acclaimed guitarist Ethan Brosh tells us about the song "Up The Stairway" which comes from his brand new solo album "Live The Dream". Here is the story:

Up The Stairway - This arrangement came to me after teaching Stairway To Heaven countless times. I was explaining the chord progression to students and started seeing the possibilities of phrases you could play over it. The truth is I wrote it while being stood up by some students and jamming in the teaching studio. I have a belief that whatever guitar and amp one uses when writing a musical piece, 9 out of 10 times it make sense to use the same guitar and amp to record that piece with. So on the recording day I went back to the teaching studio and grabbed that amp! Turns out the recording had the same guitar but a mix of the same amp and two other ones.

Just like anyone else I learned to play Stairway at a very young age, As a matter of fact I remember this was the song that first taught me how to bar 3 strings with my first finger. This was when I started playing classical guitar before even picking up the electric guitar. It took me years to understand the chord progression actually has a chromatic descending bass line. This creates a pretty interesting chord sequence with lots of possibilities to play over. I started improvising over those chord changes without using a pick so the whole piece is finger picked. It seems like finger picking on electric guitar is becoming a big part of my style.

When I play it live during my show I sit at the edge of the stage and play it alone, I've had times when I played it to really big crowds. At those moments I still remember coming up with it in my little teaching studio and now playing it to a big crowd reminds me that I Live The Dream.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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