My best friend's son is 15 and beginning at guitar. I want make him compilation of rock songs & artists. So far I know he's into Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, AC/DC & Living Colour.
My angle is that I want to make him a mix cd of songs, first of all Black rock artists (without labelling it 'Black rock'). Then possibly one of simply good guitar-oriented songs from any artists of any race.
Add on your suggestions. Thanks!
Si Rosenda. rock on! Thanks for the detailed list of songs, albums & groups. He's a cool young catwho knows rock's proper history in the Black foundation so I will add those past to present you mentioned, then the all-around good songs.
I'm gonna scope the others for myself too. Thanks for mentioning King's X, SWR, KE, and also T.Rex & Cream; forgot them plus many you listed I haven't heard before.
The Bots are SO good. Those kids rock!!!! Good mentioning Joan Armatrading. loooove her. And I thought of more crazy rock, Yngwie Malmsteen and Rush. My friends used to pronouce the first guy's name "Youngowie Malmsteen". Hee hee.
Q & Andre, good-looking out! Thanks to y'all, I have a vast list to choose tracks for young bro's cd's as well as my own. I'm confident he's going to dig it, gotta get started.
Mars Volta too, must add them.
Multiple things and more than you asked for...
tunes and stuff not mentioned so far:
Anything with Richie Blackmore.
The Pretenders, The Police, The Specials, INXS. Great guitar oriented music, but not really a lot of solos...
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ice cream man-Van Halen
Don't know how your friend feels about shredding, but a little goes a long way. It's good to build dexterity and theory, but if the song is crap, nothing will save you. Good examples of shredding...
Vinnie Moore-cover of While my Guitar gently weeps
Ratt-Back for More, Round and Round, Wanted Man
Ozzy's "Tribute" album
Ohm-Live at KPFK ZZ Top, but from space with no vocals. They do a jam of Machine Gun as well
This concert is in pieces on Youtube. Vivian Campbell with Dio live in Philly from 1984. Epic playing, but always reigned in in favor of the song.
Good Holiday presents...
This book called the chord wheel. diagrams all key signatures and notes like a periodic table and has a movable wheel on the cover. The info is available for free online, google "circle of fifths" but you can take the chord wheel book with you wherever, and the wheel is great for quick reference.
Intense Rock-Paul Gilbert. Volumes 1 and 2 are available on 1 DVD. Once everyone stops laughing at the lame jokes and glam fashion, this is your three notes per string patterns and sweep picking basics.
Rock Discipline-John Petrucci Really gets into using a metronome to practice, target notes, and a lot of other good stuff.
Hendrix goes without saying, but one thing that gets overlooked sometimes is just his accompaniment and chord work. Purple haze, Stone Free, Crosstown Traffic, etc, are the bomb, but stuff like Castles made of Sand or Little Wing??? EPIC. Stevie Ray Vaughn also does a great cover of it. In that same 60s realm, the Cream catalog is great.
Two additional tips for your friend's son...
try to learn the whole song before moving on to the next. It puts you miles ahead of many guitar players and will get you off the couch quicker if that's what you want.
look at the neck like a piano keyboard as opposed to isolated positions. There's a G on the third fret 1st string and another one an octave higher on the third string 5th fret, on and on. Good luck.
Additional quality tunes...
Cemetery Gates, Great Southern Trendkill-Pantera
^^^ Yo CE, good-looking. I'm gonna suggest some of this to my man as presents for his son.
I'm gonna make sure to add The Smiths & Morrissey; Marr, Boorer & Whyte gave Moz the sweetest guitar chords for him to moan over. Chic with Nile Rodgers. Won't forget Carlos Santana/Santana & Journey with Neil Schon either.
Good stuff that I forgot
Ozzy's Diary of a Madman Album
Dio's Holy Diver and last in Line
Both of these have some uh "heathen" cover art as my Mother would say. Great playing on both though.
Not rock by any means, but Joe Pass' Virtouso #2 is great. It might make him want to quit playing guitar though.