Mississippi Queen by Mountain (Leslie West) | rhythm and solo
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain from their album "Climbing" released in 1970, featuring Leslie West on guitar.
This lesson covers the rhythm and the leads, as well as the second verse fills.
Leslie West and Mountain were a huge influence on many of today's best rock players. His playing in this tune is an excellent example of phrasing and feel.
IMHO, phrasing is what separates the great players from the just OK guys. Back in the day you'd hear people say, "That guys really makes his instrument talk." If you think about that for a second, it really tells you all you need to know.
When you listen to great musicians it's like a conversation. It's broken up into small phrases that are easy to understand and absorb.
Many guitar players like to flash their technical prowess and wind up playing what I would call run on sentences. Super flashy, but after a couple of minutes of that it gets boring because it's not really saying anything!
Sometimes it's what you don't play that makes the difference. Leslie West was a master of great phrasing! So if you're struggling with your phrasing, learn this solo!
It'll really make you see how the space between the notes is just as important as the notes.
I had a great time working on this video. Mississippi Queen has always been one of my favorite songs. From the very first time I heard it I was super impressed with the guitar playing!
I hope that my lesson helps you to learn this fantastic song. Cheers
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