December 10, 2018 at 8:43 pm #119004
Regardless if you like Frank Zappa’s music or not, he was a very interesting person so say the least
Very unpredictable for sure
Frank Zappa appearing on the Mike Douglas Show (28. October1976)
December 10, 2018 at 10:28 pm #119010
Let’s add another “Frank” TV appearance to the list. My thanks to Don Deering for reminding me of this
December 11, 2018 at 8:41 am #119032
In G&L’s second video (Mike Douglas 1976 show) from 3:50 to 7:50 Frank plays a phenomenally beautiful guitar solo over a 2-chord vamp.
Looks like minor pentatonic and natural minor scales, but it’s full of little musical phrases he repeats to turn it into a song.
Incredibly beautiful Santana-like tone
This is my goal: to play like that.
December 11, 2018 at 9:36 am #119041
Song is called Black Napkins and he’s playing over C #minor and D major 7.
Amazing tone, especially his vibratos where his high notes just sing like a human voice.
So I’ll probably spend a week studying this solo and playing over a Band-in-Box backing track.
December 11, 2018 at 9:45 am #119042
Enjoy your insight on this solo and it reminds me of hearing Frank say that in addition to players like Johnny Guitar Watson influencing him, early Doo Wop recordings were equal influences on him. That music having so much vocal harmony in it definitely made its way into his playing.
Many would find his performances “strange” but he was an amazing musician that really transcended genre confinement in every respect
December 11, 2018 at 5:59 pm #119070
Sorry, not had time as yet to view the videos but on the subject, In the past I watched many UK based interviews with Zappa, I recall one, possibly “the old grey whistle test”, which was live. The music was fantastic, though I have to say that I found him a strange kind of cat, I suppose deep meaningful thinkers have a different slant in the world, just reminded myself when along with his band they did a cover of “Do you really want to hurt me” by culture club, when Zappa sang the words “do you really want to hurt me” at the start of the chorus the band shouted out “Yes!”…
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.