Classical Gas Introduction - Advanced Fingerstyle
Classical Gas Introduction Guitar TAB, by Ultimate-Guitar-Online.com, arrangement by Mason Williams
- Classical Gas Introduction Tab Tips
- Classical Gas Introduction
When I first heard this song played by Mason Williams I was totally hooked and had to learn how to play that song. He in large part put a lot of popularity into the classical guitar and thought the music world that there was no need for the classic guitar to be stuffy and long-haired.
This song, as first produced, had a full orchestra in the background, which made it very difficult exactly what Mason was doing with the classical guitar. Since that time, there have been other version recorded where he plays the song strictly as a solo number, and that is the one we should listen to.
I have found a good example of this in the YouTube video below. It is the full version of the song, cleanly recorded and reproduced, and will give you a very good example to go by when you start your practicing.
Classical Gas - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you! The file has all of the notation, TAB, left hand fingering, rhythm chords and more. Turn on RSE and you can enjoy listening to the song as if it was really being played! Amazing sound.
Classical Gas - PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you ! This will include the full tablature of the song, notation, rhythm tracks, fingering and lots more. Plus you can rearrange the song to suit your tastes and playing level. The PDF is represented in the 2nd Tab at the top of this page..
Classical Gas Introduction Tab: First of all, be sure you listen carefully to the original version of this piece, especially the introduce as this is what we are going to cover in this first lesson for Classical Gas.
If you listen to the YouTube video of Classical Gas below, you will note that the introduction is played with a lot of expression. You can follow the TAB for the song in the second tab at the top of the page, and it represents quite closely the manner with which this piece is played.
You should memorize the Introduction first, according to the TAB and then try to play along with the actual recording of the song in the YouTube.
Notes on the lesson:
There are a lot of Arpeggios played in the introduction. You do this with fingerstyle guitar by releasing one Right Hand finger at a time to sound the notes in a harp-like fashion. the interval between the notes varies by how long the chord timing is and how much expression is to be introduced into the piece. Practice these over and over until you get them very smooth. Play at different rates (the finger release rate) so you can add variety. Here is an article on Guitar Arpeggios for you to review.
Secondly you will note the use of several hammer-ons as well. Here is a lesson that teaches you the Guitar String Hammer-Ons if you need to review this.
Also note that the timing of the intro varies between 3/4 and 4/4, which introduces a new dimension into the song.
There are a series of 1/4 note triplets in the 9th and 10th measures. These are rather unique and they are played so that 3 notes receive 2 beats. It makes the passage sound like it is just sped up a bit and adds to the expression part of the song.
Commit this song to memory - at least this portion of it and you will find yourself playing like a guitar pro in no time at all. We will cover other aspects of the song in future lessons. This is a rather difficult one so it is not for the faint-hearted guitar player.