Living Colour – Cult of Personality | GUITAR COVER

Hey everyone, welcome back to the studio! It’s another Friday, so once again we’re ripping through another cover video. Today we’re playing another classic of times gone by, Cult of Personality by Living Colour. Admittedly, I don’t know too much music from these guys, but I’m sure we’ve all heard this one before. That main riff is truly iconic, and I don’t know about you guys but it definitely triggers the feeling of an era of great change, good and bad.

That riff is also a bit of a mind bender when first learning the thing. I know I’m doing it differently than how Vernon Reid plays it on the original, but watching videos of how he plays just kinda adds more questions. He slides all over the place without making any extra noises, yet at the same time barely moves his hand positions when doing lead work. At least that’s what I’ve been seeing in my short time researching this tune.

Speaking of leads, I’ve mostly improvised the solos in this version of the song. I briefly considered learning the actual solo for a bit, but after jamming to this song a few times warming up it felt like the kind of tune that required a bit of the spirit to reveal itself in time. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, and quite frankly, that’s good enough for me.

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