The best guitar intro that I never did play live was the one that belongs to “Feels so good” by Chuck Mangione! I can appreciate some people saying OMG, what the hell is this guy on? But honestly, playing this one is a great feeling!
I have some fond memories with this one. I was around 13 years old, playing in a KISS tribute band called Deuce. Brain M.(guitar/bass/singer) and Eddie K. (drummer) were great guys to hang around with. The tunes we played were fun, but not that much challenging to me at the time.
My guitar guru/teacher the great Chris P. from Brantford, was always trying to direct me in very subtle ways towards Jazz AND GOD BLESS HIM FOR THAT!!! He started to introduce me to this neat form of music and I really liked it!
He showed me these chord progressions that just blew my mind! Imagine, who would have thought that there were more chords out there to play then just the ones I played. I was one of those kidz who picked up the guitar very easily. Everyone was always looking at me because they thought I knew everything … boy did this prove them wrong!
Then there was this song that was on the radio that I thought was JUST GREAT, the beginning and the solo part of it that is! The other parts were ok, but these were the parts I wanted to play. I let my buddy’s listen to it and you can only imagine what thy thought of it. This song was called Feel so good!
It was the first song that I started out listening to it and closing my eyes and concentrating on every little chord that the guitar player played. I tried to figure it out, I was always good at figuring out song but this was way out of my comfort zone. I then brought it up to my guru and he smiled at me and said that I’m ready!
His way of teaching me a song was to show me just small sections of a piece and would send me home to practise it over and over again until I mastered it and ONLY THEN would he show me the rest of it! To this day, THIS IS HOW I FIGURE OUT A SONG TO PLAY IN A BAND! Chris showed me to take a part song inside out before going on to the rest. It just makes sense to approach a song in this manor, got it CounterPoint! This is how I play!
So here is the solo part of the song that I fell in love with so many years ago and I want to share it with you. I only wish that I had the opportunity to of heard the late great Coleman Mellett’s interpretation of this master piece!
RIP Coleman Mellett, Keep on Jammin’