Category Archives: Rock

A Change of Seasons – Dream Theater

Came across this piece by Dream Theater many years ago when I downloaded it by accident.  And till this day, it still remains as one of my all-time favourite song – A song that changes from one “season” to another, hence the title A Change of Seasons.

“Dream Theater was formed in 1985 under the name “Majesty” by Petrucci, Myung, and Portnoy, while they all were studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, before dropping out to help support the band. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remain today along with LaBrie and Rudess. Dream Theater has become one of the most commercially successful progressive bands since the height of progressive rock in the mid-1970s, despite being relatively unknown in mainstream rock circles. Though the band has had a few extremely successful hits (notably ‘Pull Me Under‘ in the early 1990s, which had extensive MTV rotation), it has mostly stayed underground for its career, feeding off support from fans.” – Wikipedia

It’s approximately 20 minutes long, but with the technical proficiency displayed by each member, my guess is that you’ll be savouring every drop of it. 

Every single drop.

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3

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Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd (Guitar tabs included)

What a hook! What a tune! Yee Haw! 

I’m sure this song brings back fond memories and nostalgia to those of the older generation.  And I doubt the upcoming generations can resist it either.  Why? Cause’ it’s SIMPLY TOO DARN CATCHY!

” “Sweet Home Alabama” is a song by Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd that first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping……

Despite (or perhaps because of) the debate, the song has become one of the most popular examples of Southern rock. It reached the top ten of the US charts in 1974 and was the band’s second hit single.” – Wikipedia

And here’s an instructional on how to play the intro.  Have fun!  SWEET HOME ALABAMAAAAAAA! (Im not even from USA by the way)

Here are the guitar tabs for Sweet Home Alabama.

Hotel California – Eagles (guitar tabs included)

It never gets old even after 30 years! 

Released as a single in early 1977, Hotel California remains one of the greatest songs of all time.

 

 

“The lyrics of the song describe the title establishment, a hotel where “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”. On the surface, the song is a tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish hotel that at first appeared tempting; as a metaphor the song may be commenting on drug addiction or simply the decadent lifestyle the hugely successful band had been caught up in. Another theory is that the song is about a mental hospital or a federal prison. The expression “check out” is also considered a metaphor for dying.” – wikipedia

Last but not least for the guitar enthusiasts, here are the guitar tabs for Hotel California.

Lust for Life – Marty Friedman (guitar tabs included)

Here’s an interview with guitarist Marty Friedman, previously with Megadeth.  He talks about stuff like living in Japan and achieving the human voice with the guitar. 

I actually went for his guitar clinic for only $13!!!  He was probably only about 10metres away it was bloody awesome.  And I bought his CD after the clinic because I fell in love with the song Lust for Life that he performed during the clinic. 

This is the same song that he performs at the end of this interview.  Also, notice his awkward right hand technique which works for him and adds to his uniqueness. 

 

 

Oh, and did I mention that this song is totally awesome?

Here are the guitar tabs.  Enjoy!

The Loner – Gary Moore ( with guitar tabs to practise )


The Loner is a guitar instrumental piece by bluesman Gary Moore, one of the finest musicians that the British Isles has ever produced.  Very beautiful song filled with emotions.  Listen to how he makes the guitar cry! 

Read about his biography here

And here is The Loner guitar tab by Gary Moore for those who want to learn this song.  More suited for the intermediate level guitarist I would say.  Either way, it’s an awesome song to learn.  Enjoy!

Oh and do roll in the comments.  It’ll be very much appreciated!

Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix (guitar tabs included)

This is a serious kickass classic.  Little Wing was written and performed by none other than guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in 1967.  Considered one of Jimi’s best songs, many other artists have come up with their own renditions, from Metallica to Steve Vai.  Below is a tribute done by Stevie Ray Vaughan known for short as SRV, a pure instrumental version that paints of beautiful story.

 

 

And not forgetting the original version of Little Wing done by the man himself Jimi Hendrix ( my all time favourite guitarist by the way ).  Some people say Eric clapton is God.  If so, I would say Hendrix is the God of Gods!  Feel the emotions run through your veins!

 

 

Anyway, here are the Little Wing guitar tabs for the version done by SRV.  Enjoy!

Forever Love – Xjapan (90% of the female fans were probably crying…)

This was the last live concert by X-japan, performing one of their most famous song Forever Love.  Kinda sad and dramatic.  But awesome song and performance nonetheless.  I’ve always like to think of them as the Guns n Roses of the East. 

“Hide (the band’s lead guitarist with the pink hair) died on May 2, 1998 in his Tokyo apartment. A roommate put him to bed after a night of drinking, but when she went to check on him an hour later he was not in his room. He was found hanged with a ripped towel in his apartment bathroom, the towel tied to the doorknob. He was barely alive when the ambulance arrived, and later died in the hospital. He was thirty-three years old.” – Wikipedia

That’s Forever Love for you.