Talk To Ya Later by The Tubes | electric rhythm & solo
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "Talk To Ya Later" by The Tubes/Steve Lukather from “The Completion Backwards Principle” album released in 1981.
This is such a great song! The rhythm guitar parts are very well constructed and a little more involved than you might think, especially the pre-chorus arpeggios but it's the fills and solos that are off the charts awesome! Steve Lukather is one of the best and most prolific guitar players on the planet and has played on hundreds of recordings. Even if you don't know his name, you've most likely heard his playing.
I had a great time learning these guitar parts and recording the demo. Steve Lukather is not an easy dude to try to emulate! The guy has amazing chops and I had to spend some time in the woodshed on this one for sure! He's really into vertical playing. Most of us tend to play more horizontally as in get in a box and stay there for a while, but he's all over the neck. He's a legit virtuoso guitarist.
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Here's a quote form Steve Lukather on how the tune came about:
"David Foster was producing the record, and he said, “I need you to co-write a song with Fee [Waybill, Tubes singer].” I had never met Fee, and some of the other guys in the band were pissed off that they brought in a ringer. I didn’t know until I got there that there was any bad vibe at all.
So it was me, [drummer] Prairie Prince, Foster, and Fee. I came up with the opening riff, and we ran with it and came up with the song. It was written and recorded in less than an hour. I overdubbed a bunch of guitars on it, and I also played bass, because the Tubes’ bass player refused to play on the track. He said, “It’s not a Tubes song. It wasn’t written by us.” And it was their first hit!
For the solo at the end, there was one track left, and I had to do the thing in one pass. At the very end of it, it’s a little flat, but they wouldn’t let me fix it. There were certain imperfections on records back then. All the records of my childhood have things like the tambourine being way on top of the beat or something. But there’s a charm to the strings being out of tune, or the horns being a little off. It’s a vibe. Nobody cares. The standard for that is a lot different now."
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