PLAY­ING TIPS

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Rockabilly -

[Bars 104-117] The sec­ond solo takes off with a chro­mat­i­cally de­scend­ing lick based on 6th in­ter­vals. Start pick­ing the notes in­di­vid­u­ally and let them ring, but then in bar 105 it’s a case of just strum­ming both notes, while op­tion­ally main­tain­ing a rhyth­mic em­pha­sis on the same pat­tern as in the pre­vi­ous bar. Pay at­ten­tion to mut­ing un­wanted strings (with your fret­ting hand fin­gers), not least the third string, which is in be­tween the two strings you are fret­ting, but also the first and sixth strings as well. For the fast ham­mered-on blues based triplet lick in bars 106-107, use your first fin­ger to fret the D note on the sec­ond string and your sec­ond and third fin­gers to fret the F nat­u­ral/F# notes on the fourth string. This is fol­lowed by a move to the ba­sic D mi­nor pen­ta­tonic po­si­tion, which re­sults in a bluesy dose of ef­fec­tive, re­peated licks, cul­mi­nat­ing in that slightly bent dou­ble stop in bars 109-111. Bar 110 is played with straight rather than swung quavers (8ths notes), and to em­pha­sise the change in feel the lat­ter part of the phrase is played us­ing up­strokes only.

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