Written by GuitOp81
I have been asked for advice by beginner players and it is always difficult to give a short and effective answer.
First, I am not a music teacher and here I am dealing with transcriptions, not with a learning method, although transcribing is one of the pillars of the curriculum in many prestigious music schools.
I am tempted to say that learning how to play guitar first is not strictly necessary in order to play Soukous guitar but it definitely helps a lot (I hope the irony does not get lost).
Written by GuitOp81
Just uploaded the first part of a new transcription. It's Alain Makaba at his best: Pile Ou Face.
Another bible of soukous guitar condensed in a single song.
The sound is crystal clear, the execution clean and precise, and the notes are the pure dancing joy that hits all those who fall in love with this music. Of course I am talking about the original, which you can find here, and not about my video which is only meant to provide a little help for those who want to learn the lead guitar part.
I have to say again that Alain Makaba is incredibly clean and precise, probably using a pick perfectly flat on the string with a very clear attack, and I am not even close to his sound, even because he has a very modern strato+RolandJC120 sound (my guess) while I have a little tube amp and a guitar that plays very well but, because of very cheap pick ups, does not sound good at all without boxes and fluff. But it's not the gear that makes the sound, I have experienced this many times (lend your stuff to somebody who plays better than you) and I have no doubt that Alain Makaba would sound just the same even with my guitar.
The song is in C and the chord progression is I-V-IV-V. The solo is played around the chord position, as it is typical of many players, with combinations of short arpeggios, slides and short scales. The guitar sounds doubled on one part (not in this first video) but Makaba is a master of ghost notes so he is able to skip notes in the arpeggios and still make you hear them, to the point that I believe in some case I heard and transcribed more notes that he actually played.
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