Don’t Look So Serious

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Don’t Look So Serious was released in 1994 on the now-defunct-label Legato Records. This is the CD that first put the band on the underground, instrumental guitar map. Features Joe Santerre on bass, Dave DiCenso on drums and Jon Finn on guitar. This CD has been described by many as a musical roller coaster. It contains 15 tracks totaling 66 minutes of guitar mastery.

Reviews

  • “Don’t Look So Serious is the type of album that both guitar geeks and the most fervent primativist can enjoy.” - Andrés Wilson, Boston Live

Here’s a video of the Jon Finn Group playing “FYB” live:

Tracks

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    God Save the Queen

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    Berlin Wall

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    FYB

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    Spanish Ice

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    Look Ma, Two Hands

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    Just a Thought

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    Bus Hair

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    Top Secret

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    Film at Eleven

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    Guns in Baghdad

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    Two of a Kind

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    Always a Bridesmaid

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    Dude, You Rock!

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    The Industrial Strength Hoedown Extravaganza

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    Precious Time

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13 Responses to Don’t Look So Serious

  1. danihdz92 says:

    Genius album!!!

    • danihdz92 says:

      Any chance to get scores from the songs? It must be really fun to transcribe those pieces…

      • Jon says:

        Hi Dan! Some piece have been written out but never released to the public. The reason is that I never got around to tabbing them out with complete transcriptions of solos. What tunes are you interested in? Would you buy a transcription book if it were available? Or perhaps a .pdf download on a “per song” basis?

  2. danihdz92 says:

    Hi Jon, thanks so much for the response. Yes, I’d buy some pieces if they were available separately, as well as I’d be interested in the separated master tracks (guitar, bass, etc…). Just saying… :P

    I’m semiprofessional transcriber, I’m really interested in transcribing pieces exactly as they are. Yours would be fun! :)

  3. David says:

    Hi Jon, really I like to play songs of the Dont Look so Serious Album, How can I buy the tabs?

    • Jon says:

      Hi David! What songs are you interested in?

    • Jon says:

      David, what songs are you interested in?

      • Rocky says:

        Hi Jon

        This is how I got here: I clicked on an ad for the new(ish) Ibanez Premium S models. That got me to the Ibanez site where I saw your video with your bright green S. I really liked the song you were playing so I tried to Shazam it with the app on my phone but it turned up nothing. So I checked out Amazon.com and listened to clips of your tunes until I came across Always a Bridesmaid. I thought it would be a fun song to learn so I searched for [tab finn "Always a Bridesmaid"] on Google and that’s how I found this page.

        If you have a PDF tab for “Always a Bridesmaid”, please let me know how best to give you my money! For my purposes, it really has to be a tab and not notation because my music and gee-tar book lernin’ ain’t so grand.

        Thanks!

        • Jon says:

          Hi Rocky! I don’t have a tab version of “Bridesmaid” yet. Sorry! I’m kinda the opposite in that I tend to use standard notation to write stuff down. For me, tab is actually harder to decipher. Talk about ass-backwards! I’ll see what I can do about pulling together a tab version. Thanks! -Jon

  4. benbartram says:

    Hi Jon,

    As a long term fan (grovel grovel), actually I can’t remember how I found out about JFG, perhaps it was Pandora? I would love to be able to buy a transcription (tab is handy but I can live without it) of General Sense of Well Being. I play it when I’m feeling miserable and usually feel much better at the end and go on and listen to the rest of the album

    Cheers,

    Ben

    Spreading the JFG word in Blighty.

  5. Mike Kolasinski says:

    I have Wicked in my car right now-can’t get over how incredible “If Stevie Ray Vaughn went to Berkley and studied jazz” is! – going from Stevie texas style to modern style jazz back and forth sounds like him jamming Pat Martino or something – love how you go back and forth from jazz to blues – I’ve heard lots of greats say you can always stick the blue notes in-have all your stuff -keep it coming

    • Jon says:

      Thanks Mike! I wrote it as a tribute to SRV. After he passed, many guitar artists were releasing their own tributes to him. I wanted to do one as well. But I also DIDN’T want do be too “band-wagon-ny” if that makes sense. In the process of writing, everything I came up with sounded like SRV, but not as good.

      It made me think about my unique perspective on his music. Like you said, those blue notes kinda work everywhere.

      I like to think SRV would have giggled if he heard it.

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