Stay With Me by The Faces - electric
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "Stay With Me" by The Faces from their 1971 album "A Nod Is As Good As A Wink ...to A Blind Horse."
I've always thought that the intro and the ending to this song were just awesome! In the same league as "Brown Sugar" and "Can't You Hear Me Knocking."
The Faces were an excellent rock and roll band featuring Ron Wood on guitar and Rod Stewart on vocals. They were brought in from the Jeff Beck Group to replace Steve Marriott who had left the band to start Humble Pie.
They were known as the Small Faces back then (because everyone in the band was less than 5'6") probably best known for their song "Itchycoo Park". After the change, they were known simply as The Faces.
Also in the band was Ronnie lane who plays some really excellent bass lines in this tune, Ian McLagan playing those memorable piano licks, and the great Kenney Jones who went on to play drums for the Who.
The guitars in this one are tuned to open E, it's very similar to playing in open G just the suspended notes are over one string. It also has a thicker tone because you're playing on the thicker strings.
Ron Wood played this with a thumb over style that I go over in the video although I've seen him play it on an acoustic guitar with just a straight bar with his first finger. That's the way I have to play it because my hand is too small to do the thumb over version.
I must have listened to that guitar intro fifty times and I think one of the reasons it's sounds so great is that IMHO there are two guitars stacked together. I talk about this in the lesson.
You can definitely play this with just one but the extra thickness is because of a second guitar part that just sort of drones on the roots. It's VERY hard to tell but I'm pretty sure that's what's going on.
Ron Wood also played all of the slide guitar parts. Although no one's ever going to mistake me for Derek Trucks, I had a really great time playing slide on my demo!
I played it a bit different from the record but it's close enough to get the idea. Like the Stones, the Faces were more of a jamming band so it's more important to get the overall feel and vibe on tunes like this than it is to obsess on the exact parts.
Most of the verses and choruses are just a vamp on A-B-D.
Even though many guitar players are consumed by playing lead and solos, playing rhythm is super important and learning tunes like this will help you to understand what good rhythm guitar is all about.
Anyways, I had fun making these videos. I hope you're able to get something from them and have fun playing this awesome classic rock tune. Cheers
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