A couple of weeks ago, I started working on Deep Purple's song with the infamous "Guitar Center show-off" riff, "Smoke on the Water." I was surprised at how deceptively easy the entire song was. The notes were not too hard to play in the solo, but getting Ritchie Blackmore's feel and touch is a challenge. From that first vibrato in the solo section, which sounded so sweet, to the perfectly pre-bent notes, I can see why this guy is a master. Learning this song is a great study in legato techniques among others. I am just staring to take on "Stone Cold" by Rainbow, and it also has those beautifully expressive bent notes and the stacatto triplets and singing sustain. Ritchie is for real. Wow.