ExAmplE StEVE luKAthEr style solo
[Bars 1–10] this series of licks is based mainly on the tonic scale of C natural minor (C D Eb F g Ab Bb) or C minor pentatonic (C Eb F g Bb). listen to how the licks resolve on chord tones of the underlying harmony, and be equally aware of their timing. [Bars 11–14] Based on notes from the F Dorian scale (F g Ab Bb C D Eb), this motif played over the Fm7 chord picks up from the last two 16th notes of bar 10. make sure you get the little dead note accurately in time. this is followed by an ‘answer’ phrase using notes from C minor pentatonic, before the motif more or less repeats itself in bar 13, with its own ‘answer’ phrase in bar 14. the first ‘flashy’ connecting lick happens on beat 4 of this bar in the form of an all picked sextuplet using notes of C natural minor. picking these notes individually will provide more instant impact, but playing them legato will be fine if you prefer. [Bars 15–17] this set of three phrases continues the melodic approach. Note how the middle phrase in bar 16 resolves on a B natural note, marking the major 3rd of the g/B chord over which it’s played.