Announcement: Learn to Play the Guitar Riff From "Dave's Gone Skiing" by Toto

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Guitar Control presents the latest guitar lesson from Alejandra Mesliuk.

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This is a very practical lesson that demonstrates note-for-note a significant riff in rock history, allowing the student to get inside the music, helping him/her to understand the line and to see how those ideas can inform their own playing.

"How to play the Guitar Riff from 'Dave's Gone Skiing' by Toto," is the latest in the series of YouTube video lessons from Guitar Control, the leader in web-based instruction and comprehensive DVD-based courses.

The Argentinian virtuoso, Alejandra Mesliuk is a rising star in the guitar world. Perhaps still a bit under the radar, she is a consummate player who is comfortable in genres ranging from Jazz, to Rock, to Classical. Even when playing a rock riff, as she does in this video, Alejandra's excellent left hand positioning, extension, and smooth fingering tell the tale of her classical training and exceptional skills. Often, classically trained musicians seem uncomfortable playing contemporary music. You will not find that here. Alejandra's demeanor is composed and reserved, maybe even a little bit shy. But one only has to listen to the notes to notice she has it "going on" in a very contemporary way.

The heralded Los Angeles, California band Toto, has, in its 35 years of existence, released 12 studio recordings, 4 live albums, and produced the soundtrack for the movie Dune. "Dave's Gone Skiing," is from Toto's highly acclaimed 1995 album Tambu, which represented a significant change in the band's musical direction, a change resulting both from their maturation and from the untimely death of founding member Jeff Porcaro. This riff, originally played by Steve Lukather has become iconic in the rock world.

"How to play the Guitar Riff from 'Dave's Gone Skiing' by Toto," differs from most Guitar Control videos in that it's not a step-by-step lesson. Here Alejandra starts by playing the riff, based on the E-minor pentatonic scale in the Dorian mode, at full speed, so the student can see the timing and hear the tempo. Then she does another pass, slowly, so the student can see clearly where the fingers and the pick are going. The available tabs (tablature notation) ensure that everyone can follow along.

This is a very practical lesson that demonstrates note-for-note a significant riff in rock history, allowing the student to get inside the music, helping him/her to understand the line and to see how those ideas can inform their own playing.

Guitar Control is a consortium of professional guitarists dedicated to providing the highest quality musical instruction. Producing both web-streamed lessons and comprehensive multi-DVD courses, Guitar Control offers instruction for every style of playing and for all musical genres. Guitar Control's YouTube channel offers 356 (and counting) free video lessons.

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