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    BackTrack Spotlight: "Crazy on You" by Heart



    For those of you who tune in to the weekly Twitch stream, you know we generally showcase an existing song in the Rocksmith DLC library in addition to the current week's offerings. Each Wednesday, we’ll announce the BackTrack here and offer a few notes about the featured song. We’re also hoping this gives your brain the chance to do some pre-processing as you actively listen to the song in advance, so that your fingers aren’t starting from scratch when they get to those tricky sections.

    This week’s BackTrack Spotlight comes to us from notetracker Matt Montgomery.

    Heart's "Crazy on You"
    Originally released as Rocksmith 2014 DLC on March 11, 2014
    Notetracked by Matt Montgomery
    All arrangements in E Standard tuning




    The introduction, played on acoustic guitar by Nancy Wilson, is the by far most challenging part of this song. While this part could be thought of as a lead line, we opted to keep the entire acoustic guitar part in the Rhythm path, rather than splitting a single performance between two arrangements. Nancy plays the part with a shuffle feel, commonly found in blues music. As Brian mentioned last week, this means that the notes falling on the downbeats are slightly longer than the notes falling on the upbeats. She emphasizes this rhythm on the open A string, played with a pick, while simultaneously playing an intricate melody line using the 2nd and 3rd fingers of her right hand.

    Though this section is extremely complex, her live performances suggest that it was at least partially improvised. Every performance is unique and full of embellishments not found in the studio recording. Learning the part as recorded is challenging, but to use this material as a springboard for improvisation requires an even deeper mastery of the instrument.

    After the introduction, the acoustic guitar moves to a more traditional rhythm role, with the meatier material appearing in the Lead arrangement. The electric guitar plays an iconic, easy-to-play, and deeply satisfying riff during the choruses. The Lead part also features a number of truly tasty lines that manage to stay out of the way of the vocals during the verses. The guitar solo is very melodic and consists mostly of sustained bends. Pay close attention to the intonation of these bends - listen carefully to the recording and to your guitar, and try to match your pitch to the recording as closely as possible.

    The bass tone for "Crazy on You" is one of my favorites in the game. It sounds kind of hollow and slightly overdriven, while still providing a healthy dose of punch and low end. The part uses fret hand mutes on the beats, with emphasis placed the non-muted notes that follow. This is a fairly common and extremely effective bass technique that helps the part lock in with the drums, making the bass more rhythmic and percussive. "Crazy on You" is among the more straightforward examples of this playing style in the Rocksmith catalog, so we recommended it to all bass players.

    Matt Montgomery has been a notetracker and composer for Rocksmith since 2010. Matt received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, studying viola and composition. As a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter, he has worked with Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, IFC Online, Symphony Silicon Valley, California Symphony, and several independent films and commercials.
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    BackTrack Spotlight: "Crazy on You" by Heart



    For those of you who tune in to the weekly Twitch stream, you know we generally showcase an existing song in the Rocksmith DLC library in addition to the current week's offerings. Each Wednesday, we’ll announce the BackTrack here and offer a few notes about the featured song. We’re also hoping this gives your brain the chance to do some pre-processing as you actively listen to the song in advance, so that your fingers aren’t starting from scratch when they get to those tricky sections.

    This week’s BackTrack Spotlight comes to us from notetracker Matt Montgomery.

    Heart's "Crazy on You"
    Originally released as Rocksmith 2014 DLC on March 11, 2014
    Notetracked by Matt Montgomery
    All arrangements in E Standard tuning




    The introduction, played on acoustic guitar by Nancy Wilson, is the by far most challenging part of this song. While this part could be thought of as a lead line, we opted to keep the entire acoustic guitar part in the Rhythm path, rather than splitting a single performance between two arrangements. Nancy plays the part with a shuffle feel, commonly found in blues music. As Brian mentioned last week, this means that the notes falling on the downbeats are slightly longer than the notes falling on the upbeats. She emphasizes this rhythm on the open A string, played with a pick, while simultaneously playing an intricate melody line using the 2nd and 3rd fingers of her right hand.

    Though this section is extremely complex, her live performances suggest that it was at least partially improvised. Every performance is unique and full of embellishments not found in the studio recording. Learning the part as recorded is challenging, but to use this material as a springboard for improvisation requires an even deeper mastery of the instrument.

    After the introduction, the acoustic guitar moves to a more traditional rhythm role, with the meatier material appearing in the Lead arrangement. The electric guitar plays an iconic, easy-to-play, and deeply satisfying riff during the choruses. The Lead part also features a number of truly tasty lines that manage to stay out of the way of the vocals during the verses. The guitar solo is very melodic and consists mostly of sustained bends. Pay close attention to the intonation of these bends - listen carefully to the recording and to your guitar, and try to match your pitch to the recording as closely as possible.

    The bass tone for "Crazy on You" is one of my favorites in the game. It sounds kind of hollow and slightly overdriven, while still providing a healthy dose of punch and low end. The part uses fret hand mutes on the beats, with emphasis placed the non-muted notes that follow. This is a fairly common and extremely effective bass technique that helps the part lock in with the drums, making the bass more rhythmic and percussive. "Crazy on You" is among the more straightforward examples of this playing style in the Rocksmith catalog, so we recommended it to all bass players.

    Matt Montgomery has been a notetracker and composer for Rocksmith since 2010. Matt received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, studying viola and composition. As a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter, he has worked with Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, IFC Online, Symphony Silicon Valley, California Symphony, and several independent films and commercials.
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    I expect to see Luke Skywalker on Lead during the Twitch broadcast.
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    Love that version with Luke Skywalker on lead guitar

    Excellent choice of BackTrack, and a nice icon to boot.
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    Props to any band still playing music after 35 years.
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    Props to any band still playing music after 35 years.
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    Jesus, Ann sounds like she's shredding her vocal cords at about 2:25 in the bottom video.
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    I play mostly lead, but I love the bass part for this song.
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    Originally Posted by DanAmrich Go to original post
    Props to any band still playing music after 35 years.
    Amen, brother.
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    Not to be overly pedantic, but I think I recall Nancy Wilson stating that the acoustic intro to Crazy on You is actually a separate song called Silver Wheels. And that the fast acoustic strumming was inspired by The Moody Blues' Question.

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    Originally Posted by Moodyblues57 Go to original post
    Not to be overly pedantic, but I think I recall Nancy Wilson stating that the acoustic intro to Crazy on You is actually a separate song called Silver Wheels. And that the fast acoustic strumming was inspired by The Moody Blues' Question. :cool
    Little known fact. All of the Bachsmith songs were also inspired by the Moody Blues.
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    I love this song. I still haven't mastered the Rhythm. I was wondering why the live performance was different to the game.
    thanks for the read and keep em coming.
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