Leslie West Theme for an Imaginary Western solo..

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  1. TheCount0212

    TheCount0212 Member

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    ..help me understand what he's doing theory-wise in a way that a dummy like me can understand. Doing some "what notes to play when" study today.
    Thanks in advance, smart people!:drown
     
  2. gennation

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    I don't have my guitar but it sounds like the bass movement in the solo section is:

    ||: A G# | F# | B | G :||

    So, most of it is the A Major scale (maybe F# Minor Pentatonic depending on how you want to approach it scale wise). For the B and G chords you'd switch to A Minor.

    That's what I believe I'm hearing but I'm sure one else will nail it for you.

    Side note...of all the decades I've been listening to rock music, and have saw the name of this tune in music mags, on the internet, etc...this is the very first time I have ever listened to it. I can't believe it. Thanks for posting it :)
     
  3. TheCount0212

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    Thanks so much I'm going to investigate what you've given me... and yeah it's a great solo the tone and note choices are really superb.
     
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    The B contains a D#. Are you suggestion an A "blues scale" instead of A minor per se (and then definitely omitting the D# for the G chord) ?

    Something that works for me is to modulate to Emaj on the B, and to Dmaj on the G. And, as stated, all note choices kinda in an F# minor penta anyway.

    I'm playing it with a guy who really nails the LW thing, so I'm having to find something different to play on it. After all these years of loving it, I'm happy to be playing it finally.

    And to the OP, the chord progression is on the web if you don't already know or have it. I spent an hour trying to chart it here in ASCII, and the results sucked so I gave up.
     
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  5. JimmyD

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    Mountain's version is such a bad ass tune. Leslie pretty much nailed that one.
     
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    After listen to it with a guitar now...the progression is more like this:


    |A A/G# | F#m | B | G |

    |A A/G# | F#m | B | D |

    He's playing A Major Pent/F# Min Pent all the way. Pretty much stay right in this area.

    Code:
    E------------------------------
    B----------------------14--17--
    G--------------14--16----------
    D------14--16------------------
    A--16--------------------------
    E------------------------------
    
    There are a lot of bends from the 16th fret of the G string and the 17 fret of the B string.
     
  7. Ruraltom

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    What a great song from a great band.. West was one of those guys who made me want to play guitar. His tone, vibrato, phrasing... that whole song, building up to and through the solo sounds so sweet!
     
  8. TheCount0212

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    Probably the most perfect guitar solo ever recorded, IMO.
     
  9. Jim Jones

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    I love Theme..., too. Leslie has said it's the only solo he recorded with Mountain that was done in one pass. I just think of it as being A Pentatonic Major but I know nothin' 'bout nothin' when it comes to theory. :)
     
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    Gorgeous tone and soloing.

    PJ
     
  11. bigeric

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    Leslie West was an awesome melodic rock guitar player. What tone! RIP Mr West.
     
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    michael stuart 57 Member

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    I didn't hear he was dead thought he just had BAd DIAbetes and they took his leg last year.

    I hope your wrong.
     
  13. Tommy Biggs

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    Leslie ain't dead. On his last record (released last year) Billy Gibbons, joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Slash and Zakk Wylde are all doing guest spots.
    He influenced more than a few!

    I thought it is ALL A Major Pentatonic in Theme. (at least the last solo on the outro)
     
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    michael stuart 57 Member

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    Good to hear ! I'm gonna make sure I catch Mr. Goldsteins act again. VAgrents played a High School Dance I went to
     
  15. TheCount0212

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    Mr. West is still alive and kicking, only with one leg.:rimshot
     
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    Nice - how were they? loud? was the big fella Big back then?
     

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