Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Driving around today I heard "Wrapped Around Your Finger" by the Police for the first time in a while. From a guitarist's perspective its a rather interesting piece, a good example of the kind of textural guitar Andy Summers was one of the advocates for in the late '70s and early '80s. There's no guitar solo, but there's lots of guitar in the song. There's a subtle muted, and I think very slightly distorted, rhythm part, and Summers plays a couple of licks with that tone near the end. There's the clean and Echoplexed, or perhaps Roland Space Echoed, chord stabs. There's whats probably a Coral Electric Sitar in a couple of places. And towards the end of the song some typical Roland GR300 guitar synth sweeps can be heard. Quite a mix of stuff, all in a song that people obsessed with guitar pyrotechnics would probably dismiss as wimpy or something similar.

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