More guitar lessons: http://bit.ly/TrueFire THOUGH HIS LIFESPAN WAS CUT TRAGICALLY SHORT TO JUST 25 YEARS, guitar legend Tommy Bolin (8/1/51-12/4/76) accomplished more than most people who live three times as long. A self-taught prodigy, Bolin liked to work, and his track record proves it. A member of Zephyr, one of Denver's best-known psych-rock bands, and later Energy, a highly experimental instrumental jazz-rock jam band that touched on world music long before anyone thought up the title, Bolin went on to receive the highest accolades from the crème de la crème of '70s fusion and rock, replace two living legends, and develop an avid cult following. (Check out the heartfelt liner-note tributes from Jan Hammer, Narada Michael Walden, and Joe Walsh on 1996's From the Archives: Vol. 1 Rhino, and Steve Vai's message on The Ultimate: Redux Friday Music.) Bolin's solo repertoire, documented on Teaser and Private Eyes, was startlingly diverse. On Teaser alone, brash rockers (The Grind and Teaser), evocative and anthemic semi-acoustic ballads (Dreamer and Wild Dogs), Latin-tinged jazz (Savannah Woman), funky and balls-out fusion excursions (Homeward Strut, Marching Powder), reggae-flavored grooves (People People), and wailing slide guitar solos all comfortably shared real estate on the same disc. The same goes for the plethora of archival releases that continue to surface. Because of that diversity, it's hard to cram Bolin's entire oeuvre into a single lesson, so we'll concentrate on his electric, non-slide approach to soloing and a few powerful song riffs. Saddle up your Strat and let's dig in.