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Frank Zappa - "Inca Roads"


Frank Zappa Inca Roads

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (3)

Band:
Guitar:
Drums:
Vocals:
Bass:
Keys:
Pro Keys:
Pro Guitar:
Pro Bass:

Author Notes

UPDATE 6/22: Fixed guitar, drums, and outro vocals phrasing error.
 
GUITAR/BASS: nsw1-6
5 LANE KEYS: Bansheeflyer
 
"Inca Roads" is one of Frank Zappa's most cherished, covered, and appreciated pieces. It allied his ability to write a catchy song with his mastery of complex music forms, making it a favorite among progressive rock fans (who are not always kind for the man's music) and virtuoso ensembles. The lyrics begin on a UFO theme: "Did a vehicle/Come from somewhere out there/Just to land in the Andes?," referring to South American architectural structures some believed were landing sites for flying saucers. But quickly the song takes a dive into "life on the road." The word "vehicle" is replaced by "booger-bear," a title given to the band member who ended up with the ugliest groupie the previous night (which makes it the contrary of "Bwana Dik"). The name of drummer Chester Thompson comes up in regards to that, as it will again under similar circumstances in "Florentine Pogen." The song ends with a tutti "On Ruth!," a wink at percussionist Ruth Underwood's amazing marimba fireworks in the finale.



7 Comments

Really wierd to play with all the forced strums; in the solo especially. Maybe it's just me. :(

Really wierd to play with all the forced strums; in the solo especially. Maybe it's just me. :(

 

guitar solo or keys solo? can you be more specific about your issue?

 

guitar solo or keys solo? can you be more specific about your issue?

 

Guitar. I've seen that forced strum issue in several Frank Zappa customs. I don't know if they are intended but it's very very hard/awkward to play with these many placed forced strums.

Perhaps NSW1-6 can explain. Guitar is his department in all Zappa tracks.

 

Guitar. I've seen that forced strum issue in several Frank Zappa customs. I don't know if they are intended but it's very very hard/awkward to play with these many placed forced strums.

I agree with this. "Black Napkins" in particular is really just quite unfair with the forced strums.

As a musician/guitarist, I try to shoot for realism in my charting, but I guess it hampers gameplay. These recommendations will be considered in future releases.

thanks for the feedback everyone. we're always looking to improve the experience