Individual Instruments Sound Different Separate From the “Mix”: Duane Allman’s “Layla” slide-guitar

When you hear a song, you hear all the component parts together, the drums, bass, guitars vocals, keyboards, horns, special effects if any, etc.

When you hear a single instrument out of context, it has a different appeal, and is often strikingly different than it sounds settled inside the “mix” of the final song.

The slide guitar work by Duane Allman for the classic Eric Clapton hit “Layla” is a great example of the very different sound one hears when comparing the individual instrument track to the song, fully mixed.

“Layla” is a song written by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon, originally released by their blues rock band Derek and the Dominos, as the thirteenth track from their album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (November 1970). It is considered one of rock music’s definitive love songs, featuring an unmistakable guitar figure played by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, and a piano coda that comprises the second half of the song. Its famously contrasting movements were composed separately by Clapton and Gordon.” – source

This video is Duane Allman’s slide guitar pulled out, separate from the full mix:

Now compare it to the full song, and you’ll see what an amazing difference you achieve in the full-mix.

This contrast may help you understand and even “feel” the importance of the role of mixing the recording so that all parts meld into a pleasant recording.

Rick McCargar

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (40th Anniversary Version) [Remastered] – Derek & The Dominos on iTunes:

Work In Progress: Slide guitar practice – Duane Allman “Trouble No More”

I’ve memorized the first one-minute and ten seconds of Duane Allman’s slide-guitar work from “Trouble No More” off the Allman Brothers Band 1969 self-titled album. Going to be a while before this is finished and ready to release the tablature for it.

But I thought it might be interesting to see it in rough form as I’m practicing the song section loop…so here it is, warts and all:

Allman Brothers Band 1969 self-titled first album from iTunes:

Allman Brothers – Statesboro Blues – Dickey Betts guitar solo lesson at 3/4 speed with tab

This piece is the Dickey Betts guitar solos from “Statesboro Blues” performed at three-quarter speed to make it easier to learn. It is note-for-note off the Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore Live album. Information on obtaining the tab I wrote for it is below the video.

Allman Brothers Band 1969 Self-titled first album from iTunes:

Dickey Betts “Statesboro Blues” guitar solo at 3/4 speed.

Dickey Betts “Statesboro Blues” guitar solo at full-speed.

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