In that he was a genius.
My latest project to learn theory and technique is ‘Top of the world’ from F.U.C.K.
Several challenging phrases (well for me anyway) but good god, there are so many imaginative components in there.
The basic chord structure is so simple and generally diatonic E major stuff. But the actual guitar parts are epic.
Intro- simple melody (developed from solo outro of Jump) with e pedal note
Verse- hybrid picking thing with pedal open strings but with amazing feel (swing) and using simple melody lines using the 7th
Chords- sus 4s everywhere
Chorus- same base chords as verse but different voicing (A is a root and major 3 as opposed to root and 5 in the verse)
Liberal use of over dubbed tapped harmonics (haven’t figured this out yet) but it sounds lovely
Break down- there is a arpegiated chord section starting B, C, D just before the solo which is nice but bloody hell, the rhythm is hard to get. Nowhere near the beat
Solo- very tasteful and melodic. A slow wah part, picked arpeggios, and a couple of quick runs (which I haven’t analysed as yet from a theory perspective but is adding a few outside notes that aren’t in the major scale)
all up it’s been a very enjoyable song to learn.
Genius.... but that’s a statement of the obvious and you already knew that right?