This is a shortened variation of a long intro of ‘Crazy On You’ that Nancy Wilson played in one of their '77/78 live performances. I originally came across that video probably a couple of years ago when I was still googling stuff like ‘awesome guitar riffs to learn’ and was instantly hooked with her intro.
I spent quite a long time back then trying to learn the main riff, and at the time I only got it somewhat recognisable with quite a few hiccups and at a sluggish tempo - an old recording can be found amongst some other old audio files in a soundcloud playlist that I had on my learning log.
Anyway, I suppose the muscle memory of what I had learnt back then was still there and it helped me re-learn it a bit quicker this time around.
The first part is a scrappy attempt of another piece that Nancy played in that live performance, which she used in the lead up to this song. ‘Crazy On You’ actually starts at 0:50 if anyone wants to skip ahead.
Feedback and comments are welcome as usual. Thanks
P.S. My picking fingers are not in the standard positions for most of this song’s riffs. I found it easier to work with the index finger on the D, middle finger on G, ring finger on B, etc… and then I just jumped the fingers to their “normal” strings if I needed to.
I haven’t heard that one for awhile, nice! Sounds pretty good to me, maybe the hammer ons / pull offs could be a bit clearer but still sounded good. We saw Heart maybe 10 years ago, it was a great concert, and we were 4th row so I had a perfect closeup view of Nancy playing that song.
@Notter thanks Mark. I’ve seen some other covers trying the strums + the 2nd guitar’s notes simultaneously before the verse kicks in… but I wasn’t too sure it sounded full enough when I was trying it out. so I just did the easiest thing and did a mini video of the 2nd guitar to overlay them
Hi @CateB , nice to see some more community members from this part of the world popping up Thanks for the compliments, but I can assure you that my fingers are rather short and stubby haha
@Eddie_09 much appreciated Eddie. I could describe your playing in a similar fashion too… very calming and pleasant, but you’ve also got the smooth vocals thrown in to boot.
@jkahn thanks JK. I recently saw the post of the last OM video which had a lot of great performances, yours included. Everyone seems to enjoy those, so I’m keen to catch you guys live on the next one through the zoom audience.
@sairfingers cheers Gordon. there are always some things that can be improved on… but I’m glad you enjoyed it.
@Mari63 Thanks Mari. Most of the youtube comments that I had read from their videos mention that they were so good to watch live… lucky you, to have been up so close to the stage.
Agreed. when I was previously practicing it I noticed that I wasn’t getting much of a different sound with my index finger attempting the hammer on/pull offs for the Am lick… so I decided to not focus too much on it and that’s why it’s pretty much non existent in my video
@SgtColon cheers Stefan. I was sort of in the same boat as you… up until I found this song through google/youtube, I had only heard some of their cheesier late 80’s(90’s) stuff that was regularly played on “smooth hits” radio stations that we sometimes listened to during school. So when I came across this one in the search results I thought it was a completely different band called Heart haha. They definitely had a different vibe in their much earlier stuff.