Sway By The Rolling Stones – Mick Taylor’s Guitar Solo in Depth

Sway By The Rolling Stones. This guitar solo belongs to my personal favorites. It tells a great story and features many classic Mick Taylor and Rock and Roll lines.

In this video we will take a detailed, nerdy analytic look at Mick Taylor’s the guitar solo. Hopefully this will help you learn how to play it, but also understand the ideas so you can implement them into your own playing.

This solo belongs to my personal favorites. It tells a great story and features many classic Mick Taylor and classic Rock and Roll guitar-lines. The way it’s played combined with the sound of perhaps a true live recording gives it an intense and haunting atmosphere. I can somehow keep coming back to this era of the Stones any day of the week.


0:00 Solo

1:27 Intro

2:11 The Sounds

5:35 In The Box Workflow

6:33 Breakdown Info

7:04 Solo Breakdown

17:15 Outro

PDF LINK: Sway By The Rolling Stones – Transcription by Aldo Spadaro

A gift from a Stones’ fan for Stones fans. What’s your favorite Rock and Roll song featuring an epic outro solo? Leave a comment!


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KEF Calinda’s are being restored from a make-over

Summer time is here, and it’s time to get some projects out of the way. This video is about restoring my KEF Calinda’s towards an original look. These suffered from a make-over that wasn’t going to fit the interior.

Further missing T27 tweeters and thick and muffling curtain-material over the baffles. So yeah, not good, however like this, you’ll be able to get a great deal on a set of these and they have great sonic potential. Warm but a tight low end. Bright and clear but not harsh. Just detailed, balanced and punchy! KEF Calinda’s sound truly stellar when set up right.

I’m definitely no wood worker or anything but I like to these kind of projects every now and then to get myself dirty, learn stuff and make terrible noise.

They came out pretty good after stripping, sanding, smoothing, staining, oiling, remounting drivers and making new baffles.

The general process can apply to speakers, furniture and other wooden stuff so maybe this can be useful to others as well

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So, not so much a music-related video, but stay tuned as I’m on it!

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The Fender Champion 600: Modifying the PCB To 5F1 Specs

Modifying The Fender Champion 600 again!

In this video we go hack up The Fender Champion 600 and convert it’s stock circuitry into that of a 5F1 Tweed Champ. This modification is fairly easy to do with basic soldering skills and experience in working on electrical gear. It certainly is a dirt cheap way to get you to work with a tweed style amp without buying your tickets into the boutique club.

Warning! Working on electrical gear involves high voltages! Make sure you are qualified and experienced in doing this kind of work. If not, leave it to someone who is!


0:00 INTRO











17:36 OUTRO


The sounds that  The Fender Champion 600 amp can deliver in this configuration, even with it’s PCB design and otherwise stock components makes you wonder why no low-budget tweed version wasn’t available in the first place. Especially when we see we mainly need to cut parts out and simplify the thing. I do would like to state that the stock amp sounds good on it’s own and I might do a proper A-B comparison between both. Therefore keeping a stock one is also an idea, or make the tone stack mod switchable. But, I do imagine most recording and touring guitarists would go for the more desirable tone, harmonics and responsiveness of a tweed amp, no?

May this video please you!

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Learn Guitar Chords Fast – Chord-Freezing – An Effective Way Of Practicing Guitar Chords

When you’ve started out on guitar, learning all the new chords shapes and change them around quickly can be quite a struggle. In this video I’d like to share a method on chord practicing that I use when teaching guitar to beginning guitarists to help to learn guitar chords fast.


1:10 – Step 1 – Chord Shaping
2:33 – Step 2 – Chord Freezing
5:10 – Step 3 – Rinse & Repeat
6:18 – Chord Progression Exercise
9:04 – Bonus Exercise
10:56 – Practise Routine


The principle of chord freezing will hopefully help beginning and advanced guitar players. Mainly, the purpose is to help making the early stages of learning chords easier, more fun, and help learning how to practice effectively.


The main thought behind this effective method of practicing and exercise is that we will try to be economic with the way we let our fingers get accustomed to a certain posture. We will try to get them ‘programmed’ to find the desired one in a natural way. Because by spending the first thankful moments in that particular position we eliminate the time when the fingers search their individual positions. This way we will be able to learn guitar chords fast while also improving the way we switch them around.

We’ll put a few basic chords in a simple exercise and practice the changes. There’s also a bonus exercise we’ll check out to help out our fingers some more when needed.


I’ll also share a vision on dedicated practising and how to achieve positive results. We do this without a 24h a day military drill schedule. Instead we use repetitive short, focussed practice sessions while journaling our practice efforts. As an example, one might start out with 10 minutes a day on a chosen concept. This effective method of practicing, can yield positive results with little time invested. The daily 10 minutes will add up to a weekly hour of focussed yet light hearted practicing. Hopefully that will help to overcome challenges with more ease than one would think!

If there a certain guitar topic, you’d like to see covered, leave a comment or send me a personal message.

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Vintage Fender Princeton Reverb – Full Service

We take a close look at a great vintage classic amongst guitar amps, a vintage Fender Princeton Reverb. In this complete repair service we discover that it’s in a nice and original shape, and it has probably has never been serviced before. We change out the electrolytic capacitors, and also end up replacing the octal tube sockets after an attempt at re-tensioning the pins in the original sockets. Unfortunately these were worn out. So they had to be replaced because bad contacts can cause damage or serious reliability-issues. We chose some more heavy duty ceramic ones.


Cabinet Inspection: 0:20

Tube Side Inspection: 2:54

Circuitboard Inspection: 4:54

Service Plan: 7:00

Recapping: 8:42

Cleaning: 16:08

Straightening Tube-sockets: 16:51

Power-Up and Test: 22:01

Tremolo Situaton: 24:15

The Bias: 26:44

Replacing Tube Sockets: 32:49

Final Test: 34:20


The original Blue coupling capacitors also test fine and are not leaking (yet). So while the amp might benefit in the future from a preventive replacement, it’s nice that it’s further fully original and working great. We do modify the tremolo as it is a very easy and reversible mod. The tremolo operates on the output tubes bias. The original value of 1M didn’t quite cut it, resulting in a bit of a weak tremolo, even with the intensity on 10. So what we did is lowered the value to 500k by adding a 1M resistor in parallel.


We are lucky: This PT is a double-120v example and the JJ-5U4GB miraculously gives us the right voltage for a newly installed set of JJ-6v6 in the original non-adjustable fixed bias setup! Too high current draw could cause low plate voltages but it’s good that’s not the case. A GZ-34 takes it closer to the given value on the schematic anyway but the amp works great in this conservative setup. In this video I’ll show you how to calculate the bias in these.

Gotta love these vintage Fender Princeton Reverb amps, which aren’t critically altered since the blackface era. When pushed a little and played with the right touch it can give you a wide range of great guitar tones with just your attitude and electronics on your guitar!

May it please you, because more tech-mumbling content is on the way!

If you have any question’s or an amp repair request, leave a comment or write me a personal message.

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Dead Flowers – Guitar Solo

In this video we take a detailed look at the guitar solo in Dead Flowers, a Rolling Stones Classic. We look at the separate lines and licks, see how they are played, and we also analyse the notes against the chords. Being a big Stones-fan and inspired by them, may you fellow guitarists be inspired by them too. Cheers! And since it’s that time of the year, here’s a free PDF!

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