Today we are going to take a look at the main melody for one of the greatest guitar instrumentals ever written, Jeff Beck's "Cause We've Ended As Lovers".
Written by his good friend Stevie Wonder, this beautiful instrumental demonstrates exactly why we all love Jeff Beck so much.
The opening melody from the song which we cover in this Cause We've Ended As Lovers guitar lesson is a great exercise in dynamics.
Just look at how he plays the melody the first time through. It is understated and mellow. He is creating a mournful mood here.
From there he ramps up the dynamics the second time through the melody adding a couple of aggressive bends to express the building tension in the instrumental.
If you listen to the entire instrumental while paying attention to these types of things you will see just what a masterful performance "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" is.
I think there are only a few moments like this in all of guitar history (SRV's take on "Little Wing" comes to mind) that a beautiful melody is thoroughly run through a great deal of dynamics and other musical devices.
If this Cause We've Ended As Loves guitar lesson does get a lot likes, (especially YouTube likes!) I will teach the entire song. And believe me, it would be an incredible experience to play Cause We've Ended As Lovers in it's entirety.
But for now, this incredible opening statement from the beginning of the track should keep you busy for a while. 🙂
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Cause We've Ended As Lovers Guitar Lesson