After "Song For My Father", I'm back with another jazz tune, this time by Cannonball Adderley: "Walk Tall" (click here to download it). This is not one of Cannonball's bebop tunes, but rather one of his soul-funky compositions, which makes it a bit more tricky to play it on the guitar. It is not technically difficult to play it (in fact, the song is extremely simple), but it is hard to capture the groovy atmosphere of the original recording. Cannonball's "happy" sax sound is not easy to recreate, no matter which instrument you are playing...you have to feel the music to do it.
There are three different parts that can be distinguished: one acoustic guitar is playing the rhythm part, simply strumming the chords. Another one plays the lead part, while two more guitars add the chipmunk-like notes, which are obtained playing off-the-neck slide guitar. As you can see, it is far easier to get to the altissimo register in the guitar than in the sax :-P
The solo is played using C blues and C Dorian scales over the G7-C7 main part, and G Major over the rest of the chord progression.