Classical Gas PartA Tab - Advanced Fingerstyle
Classical Gas Guitar TAB Introduction, by Ultimate-Guitar-Online.com, arrangement by Mason Williams
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Classical Gas is one of the premier fingerstyle/classical guitar pieces that an advanced guitar player can perform and if you can do so without any hiccups, give yourself a big pat on the back.
This song is not only very impressive to hear when played, it is a lot of fun to play as well. So be sure to put this one in your bag of tricks to impress your friends and picking buddies.
Nearly everyone from the guitar playing community and listeners alike have heard of this song and can certainly appreciate the difficultly of playing it very fluidly. And the very key of playing this piece properly is fluidity. Only that way will you be able to capture the ear of your listeners.
While this Ultimate Guitar TAB depicts this song quite accurately, it does reflect some of my own arrangement and therefore I have put quite a bit of my playing style into it. You will note some of the deviations, but most are very insignificant, and bring some alternative flavor to the song.
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Classical Gas PartA Tab: Also diligently learn this song in this arrangement and then put your own twists and turns into it to make it truly your own arrangement. Although the song is relatively long, there are a lot of the sections that are repeated and this will greatly aid you in memorization of this great piece.
This break is the first one that comes immediately after the intro and as you can see there are 4 repeats in this section alone with 4 alternate endings. You will also find that major portions of this break are replayed later on in the song and we will cover those in our future lessons on this piece.
While the TAB indicates a rigid representation of the break, you will have to introduce a certain amount of "human artistic license" when you play to get it to sound just right.
This really cannot be indicated in the music and you need to pay along with the YouTube version you can find here as performed by Mason Williams. Pay close attention to the chord forms above the standard notation staff as it accurately indicates the chord forms that are played for this lead break.
You will only have to make very minor finger movements to play the entire measure that is represented by the chord form. Above all else, play this song as smooth as you can. Keep the notes ringing through each other in harp-like fashion, which is the true fingersyle method and pay careful attention to both the left hand fingering and the right hand fingering so you can easily play this song up to speed (okay not easily, but more easily).
Notes on the lesson:
Throughout some of this break, I have used the Travis-Style alternating bass. The alternating bass is not consistent through the entire selection, but it is used through most of it. Also there is quite a bit of Syncopation in this piece, in that some of the lead notes are played slightly before or after their normal position. This gives the arrangement quite a bit of interest and is an often-used technique used in fingerstyle guitar.
Note the 14th measure. There are 2 Arpeggios that use eighth notes. Be sure to play these evenly and consistently make them sound really smooth.
I really hit this arrangement with quite a series of hammer-ons as you will see in all of the alternate endings in measure 16, 17 and 18. Keep your chord form fingers in place while you do these hammer-ons and work on making the hammer-on notes sound almost as loudly and clearly as the picked notes.
The next real challenge comes in the 24th through the 27th measures. This is where we have a rapid-fire succession of chord changes. Carefully follow along with the chord diagrams above the notation and make changes in the subsequent lead notes by only modifying your fingers when absolutely necessary.
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.