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An electric guitar lesson on how to play “Rock Candy” by Montrose featuring the great Ronnie Montrose on guitar and Sammy Hagar on vocals.
Absolutely killer track from the “Montrose” album released in 1973. This tune is a cross between Hendrix (“Foxy Lady”) and Zeppelin (“When the Levee Breaks”, amongst others). To me, this the ultimate in riff rock. There is nothing more powerful than when the bass and guitar are playing the same lines and that happens quite a bit in this one. Really fun to play, and if you play it clean and in time, it just sounds awesome!
Ronnie Montrose was an excellent guitarist and writer who played with The Edgar Winter Group, Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs and Herbie Hancock amongst many others. He really shines on this song, and of course, Sammy Hagar, the little red rocker, is a world class singer…
Another interesting note is that this album was produced by Ted Templeman, the great producer renowned for his work with The Doobie Bothers, and Van Halen.
I had a ton of fun recording the demo and working on the lesson for this one…
I hope you enjoy the video and enjoy playing this great old classic.
I get a lot of questions about my sound so here’s what I’m using:
My guitar is a 1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. I have Suhr Aldrich pickups on it. I have them coil split, but for this video they were in full humbucker mode.
My amp is an Egnater Renegade head. I am using a Two Notes Torpedo Live. It’s a load box and a speaker emulator so I’m not running the Marshall 1960b speaker cabinet anymore. It enables you to crank up your tube amp but use headphones, or just listen at low volume through your monitors, so I can be rocking out and getting a great sound without bothering people around me. So far I like it!
I use a TC Electronics Nova System through the loop for effects. I also have a BB preamp which I essentially never use anymore, and sometimes (rarely) a Boss CS-3 compressor. The reverb is from the amp. My wah is a Dunlop MC404 CAE Dual Inductor, REALLY great pedal! I also use a Polytune tuner which is fantastic.
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