Exam ple 10b developing the chromatic theme
Allen reiterates the harmonic ‘setting’ by sliding up to a funky sounding 9th chord shape (top three strings only). Then the main riff is played at full speed – using a slightly different ending from the initial slow version. The two first repetitions are similar, but watch out for the third time bar, where the lick continues into a cool descending row of 6ths, before hitting the low D (root) on the 5th fret of the fifth string. Use the second finger to fret this D, enabling you to perform the subtle – and optional – slides up the next scale steps with the second finger (7th and 9th fret on the fifth string), before embarking on the final repetition. This turns on the ‘turbo’ on the last beat of the penultimate bar, starting a series of 16th-note triplets that run till the final D note. Try this at a really slow tempo at first, to really nail the rhythmic element, making sure you’ve got a solid fingering set up as well (see Allen’s for ideas). Notice how again we add a little blues colour at the end, this time by hitting the F (b3rd) on the 10th fret of the third string and pulling off to the D on the 7th fret and adding some tasty vibrato for good measure.