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This is “Friends” by Derryl Gabel.

I love this song… Absolutely beautiful melodic phrasing
and over-the-top exotic guitar licks and solos…

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31 Comments so far

  1. Pete February 11th, 2009 9:02 am

    Technically impressive, but that drums sound really pedestrian and mechanical! Being a drummer and producer, I am particularly sensitive to this.
    Come to Turtle studios for great sounding drum tracks! (plug plug)

  2. A Ryan February 11th, 2009 12:14 pm

    repetitive, boring & not going anywhere. A good lead break should take you on an exiting journey not a never ending circle.

  3. simon February 19th, 2009 10:34 am

    The guitar lead is cool, some bum notes that I can hear. The actual sound of the guitar should be clear not muffled in tone which it is. The music of the song in general is cheesy and awful, like elevator or supermarket music.

  4. Dave March 8th, 2009 4:05 pm

    Sounds really nice

  5. pat March 8th, 2009 6:19 pm

    derryl is incredible.no questions about it….i have this program,,,very cool…….it will take awhile to be this good but practice practice practice,,,,,,,,thats the secret….claude thank you for all you ongoing efforts to help guitar players of the planet……..i have learned alot because of your efforts….i have played for years and am constantly striving to learn and improve,,,,,,check out blurred vision on youtube my band ////china grove cover,,,friends original,,,,double vision cover…later

  6. Meridian2112 March 8th, 2009 6:22 pm

    Very Tastey~~~!!!!! Great Lagato!

  7. Priceless, there still is magic in our world. March 8th, 2009 10:52 pm

    Priceless there is still magic in our world :)

  8. mark March 9th, 2009 5:47 pm

    its too unclean and sounds too much like a keyboard
    i have heard stuff like this in megaman games
    it doesn’t appeal to me really at all

  9. Gerald L Cossette March 9th, 2009 5:55 pm

    smooth, clean and if the fast parts were slower very romantic!

    I already have fusion guitar secrets and Thank You!

    Jerry Cossette

  10. Doug March 9th, 2009 7:04 pm

    Hey Claude, simply amazing what this guy can do.
    Sure wish he lived next door, perhaps I could get off the one string…..ha.

  11. Charles March 9th, 2009 7:17 pm

    Now, impress me.

  12. robert March 11th, 2009 5:21 pm

    sweet!

  13. paul brown March 11th, 2009 10:22 pm

    yeah this is a great piece, i really like the way it just flows off the previous continuances, & doesn’t seem to end. prb australia

  14. svend erik nydahl March 12th, 2009 3:24 am

    wounderfull newer ending story

  15. claude March 12th, 2009 5:45 am

    beautiful it reminds of a song called out in the rain by a german cosmic band in the 70s ( jane)

  16. graham March 13th, 2009 11:20 pm

    Ahhh, next to an old classic rock solo…..this is the kind of music that sooths my old soul!!!!

  17. Tom March 14th, 2009 4:46 pm

    I love the smooth,yet soulful tones of this remarkable piece of guitar work. I wish I could master this level of music artistry.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Livsey

  18. Jack March 17th, 2009 10:22 pm

    This is pretty cool!

  19. laz March 24th, 2009 9:00 pm

    amazing! i wish i could play like that!
    this guy is incredible… thanks for sharing this

    peace in

    laz

  20. Alan March 31st, 2009 4:37 pm

    I love this song too, initially i found it a bit “bizarre” as i have never heard him play and the notes outside the normal scales sounded weird to my ears. but there was something in the flurry of notes round the mid section that really spoke to me. I didnt need the three listen rule on this one. I think thats what makes a legendary player. When a flurry of notes reveals a statement that isnt a chord, or an arpeggio, or a scale. Its language and poetry in motion.

  21. Gordon Tees April 9th, 2009 1:23 pm

    Great Phrasing and delivery. I would catagorize this more as “Modal Prog Rock” It is kind of “4/4″ to be called Fusion in my book. It also seems to be a showcase of licks more than a melodic statement. I HATE the way some would take my words here because I want to emphasize THIS GUY IS ONE HELL OF A PLAYER!
    I would love to hear him re-do it after reading this. My advice: Think “Carlos Santana” not his licks. Use your licks with his approach of capturing the “spirit” of the song. One man’s opinion.

    Gordon

  22. Zach April 23rd, 2009 1:53 pm

    Hello Claude, Derryl reminds me of petrucci mixed in with steve vai : ) this is a really good song

  23. Brian May 3rd, 2009 6:52 pm

    This is good guitar work, however it is not well defined or clearly executed. The thing about it is that it is much of the same quick licks again and again. To me, a less technical, better defined, slower more deliberately delivered piece is tastier. Half the notes would have sufficed.

  24. Bluesnote. August 4th, 2009 1:40 pm

    I personally like this piece. As to the muffled sound as previously stated…Its up to the player to decide what he likes for a sound. We, as guitarists are all different from each other, its what makes the guitar the most interesting instrument in the world to play and to listen to. I like clear, I like distortion, I dont think this piece would have the same effect were it played with a clear jazz tone.
    I find this example very “Larry Carlton” in his session days doing solo’s for Steely Dan.
    I used to think Larry’s notes were somewhat out in my early years of playing only to find that it was my ears that were out and not the music. I found that all I needed was a bit of ear training to sort it all out in my head. Another good example was Joe Pass, listen to him for a while and you learn a lot about musical appreciation.
    Thats my “more that tuppence worth” on the subject.
    Well played my friend.

  25. Bunker August 8th, 2009 7:49 am

    I really like your blog and i respect your work. I’ll be a frequent visitor.

  26. Isaac August 8th, 2009 11:27 am

    This is really impressive, but I don’t think it’s that good. The way I look at it is a guitar master shouldn’t have to fly up and down the neck and play 50,000 notes in order to sound good. Or if you prefer to think of guitar playing like talking, this guy is babbling and not saying much worth while. He could have used fewer “words” to make his point.

  27. Jeffro August 13th, 2009 12:55 am

    Very tasty stuff! I like the fact that the song has harmonic progression and he responds to it melodically, not repetative at all! He also keeps true to the melodic absolutes - not trying to be too cleaver and going too far out in left field. Very Nice!

  28. Stretchsweetly August 16th, 2009 2:31 pm

    He’s definately got talent! That being said, his sweeps are cool and fast but, my ears want more tone,reverb, and pluckin and hammer-ons.I’m not feelin that solo!Maybe my style and his together could make a good vibe that would attract more ears?

    Great guitarist and has other tricks I’m sure!!!!

    Jamman1958 My words of truth.

  29. doug August 18th, 2009 9:57 pm

    I would love to incorporate the technique, but I would not want to be limited to it. I wonder if a cleaner sound would lend itself to the sustain required for the techique. I haven’t heard him before, so all I can say is the piece is a fine demonstration of the technique, and I wish I could do it. because of the background (drums and keyboard) being a limiting factor, it doesn’t “breath” much. I see it more as an excellent demonstration than as a song - just one more opinion.

  30. john May 9th, 2010 3:04 pm

    Very boring. No chord melody. single note all the time is boring.

  31. john dewey May 16th, 2010 3:32 pm

    This is good guitar work, however it is not well defined or clearly executed. The thing about it is that it is much of the same quick licks again and again. To me, a less technical, better defined, slower more deliberately delivered piece is tastier. Half the notes would have sufficed.

    what he said!

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