We’ve been majorly tuned in to Reeves Gabrels for a very long time and its an honor to welcome Reeves to the TrueFire family with this Rock Inside Out course, which we filmed in Nashville at SRI’s rehearsal studios and at the Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar.
Called "one of the most daring rock-guitar improvisers since Jimi Hendrix,” Reeves Gabrels is widely recognized for his guitar virtuosity, versatility and uncanny ability to "explore sonic extremes with a great, adaptive intuition for what each song needs most.”
Currently a member of Cure, Reeves is best known for his work with David Bowie between 1987 and 1999. He’s performed, recorded and collaborated creatively with top artists worldwide and is widely respected by his peer guitarists and musicians.
Fortunately for we students of guitar, Reeves is also a gifted educator who is passionate about sharing his insight and creative approaches. Throughout the series of video lessons within Rock Inside Out, Reeves covers a scope of topics ranging from right and left-hand techniques to harmonic approaches for improvisation to gear and effects applications.
He’s also generously allowed us to share seven bonus performances from one of his live sets at Bourbon Street, which we include to demonstrate how all of Reeves fretboard strategies, effects applications and creative approaches sound when practiced for a lifetime and applied in a live performance setting. Sit back and enjoy these bonus gems!
Reeves organized the course into three sections. In the first section, he drills down on a variety of concepts and techniques that fuel his own signature sound: Top Strings: Voicings In Fourths, The Hendrix 6/9 Chord, Bottom Strings: Fourths, Fingering Options: Fourths, Vibrato Technique, The Whammy Bar, Pentatonic Approaches, Diminished Approach, Sonic Shapes, Speed Picking, Ionian Superimposition, Lydian Superimposition, Mixolydian Superimposition, Major Pentatonic, Aeolian Superimposition, Dorian Superimposition, Phrygian Superimposition, Minor Pentatonic, Whammy Bar Slides, Rhythm Guitar Approach, and Playing A Supportive Role.
NOTE! The video lesson on Speed Picking is worth the price of admission alone. Reeves demonstrates his “circle picking” technique, which powers his own speed picking prowess, and may very well be the answer that you’ve been seeking to power yours.
The next section covers his gear, but its far more than just a gear demo. Reeves is a master at painting with the kaleidoscope of sonic colors he creates with his rig. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that Reeves has explained the whats, whys and hows of his rig — you will walk away with serious insight for how to creatively tweak and apply your own effects.
Reeves walks you through: Tone & Gear Considerations, Wah-Wah Pedal, Multi-wave Distortion, Octave Fuzz, Univibe Pedal, Kaoss Pad, Signature Guitars, Blackstar 200 Watt, 2nd Pedal Board and the Vibrator (yes, that ‘vibrator’). Reeves then demonstrates the application of these effects across two impressive Loop Improvisations.
The third and final section features the aforementioned bonus performances referenced above: Bright Lights Big City, Problem, Nothing Left To Say, Wish You Were Here, Comeback and Messin' With The Kid. These performances illustrate how Reeves puts all the moving parts together in an engaging performance — put your guitar down and enjoy the show.
Other than the bonus performances, all of the key examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons.
Get Inside Out with Reeves Gabrels — your sonic palette will thank you for it!