Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son organ solo
How to drive yourself crazy: Commit to doing 52 of something and try to make each one top the prior one. That I have been attempting to do that was part of the “crisis” of a couple weeks ago when I was considering quitting.
This week I’m doing the Steve Walsh killer Hammond organ solo from Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son. You say hey killer, wait a minute, that “solo” is only four bars. Well, yeah, but what a four bars. I estimate that there are approximately one million notes in those four bars. Ha ha.
What made it hard: A bit more than 16 notes per second (32nd notes @ 128 bpm) makes figuring out the lick, and playing it… kinda difficult. What I got out of it: 1. The joy of figuring out something that I’ve been listening to since I was a teenager. 2. It’s “just” extremely fast riffing on the blues scale.