Style Study - Gary Moore Authored by Nick Kellie 01/18/2016 JamPlay, LLC Guitar Lessons Articles Guides Style Study - Gary Moore Tweet Gary Moore was born Robert William Gary Moore, 4 April 1952, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Gary is famed for his emotional and expressive style of guitar playing. Although mainly known as a blues player, Moore's playing is filled with rock influence and has a lot of great technique too. There is a lot to be gained from studying a player like Gary, as he also makes great use of various melodic devices and scales to really give a more sophisticated take on blues, especially over slow ballad type pieces. Many people forget Moore's albums from the early 80s and I really suggest you check them out, here you will see another side of Gary's playing, a harder hitting rock guitarist with a strong blues influence. In this article I will mainly focus on his most known style of blues. Don't forget that sound and feel is very important when it comes to the blues; its not all about fast shredding you know! Good luck! In this article I will teach three licks that represent the style of Gary Moore, complete with tablature and audio. The Licks Lick 1 - This lick really highlights Moore's ability to play over a slower tempo and really hit strong chord tones that bring out a real melodic flavor. Be sure to analyze the relationship of the notes to the chord and make sure those bends are accurate. Your browser does not support the audio element. Lick 2 - Here is an example of Gary's arpeggio rhythm guitar work. This example is played in a 12/8 feel, ensure you get a smooth connection between the chord shapes and keep solid timing in your right hand. Your browser does not support the audio element. Lick 3 - Here we have an example of a classic blues turnaround. As well as learning this lick, I suggest you also study the chord changes involved here, they really give a sense of completion to any standard 12 bar blues chord progression. Your browser does not support the audio element.