Ian Melrose plays an Avalon L325C fingerstyle guitar and uses DR Strings
This version as an mp3 is available from Acoustic Music Records www.acoustic-music.de/ian-melrose-smoke-on-the-water
Sometimes it’s fun to do something people don’t expect, to revel in something a bit “over the top” and simply enjoy J. One day I was idly playing around on the guitar and found myself doing the iconic opening riff of “Smoke on the Water”, and a friend thought it was somehow cool, so – surprised – I continued and weeks later this version was ready. Add to that playing around in the studio with my good friend and sound wizard/engineer Jörg Surrey (www.surrealissounds.de) to get a hugely satisfying BIG yet acoustic sound, I then thought: yes, maybe it’s okay to send yet another cover of this piece out into the world! Incidentally, the first LP I ever bought with my own pocket money was “Deep Purple in Rock” – so it’s nice to do a kind of tribute after this long while J If you enjoy listening to it even half as much as I enjoyed doing it, then we’re all having a good time!
Ian Melrose also uses G7th Capos, Reinhold cables and Finhol Stompboxes.