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Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

1. T-Bone style slowie: A

A Mixoly­dian (A B C# D E F# G) will be per­fect for this. But when play­ing the ma­jor 3rd (C#) ei­ther ham­mer on to it from the b3rd (C) be­low, or play the C and bend it slightly sharp for a blues ‘curl’.

2. Neil Young style rocker: Am

Two ap­proaches work well here: A mi­nor pen­ta­tonic will fit pretty much all the chords; but A nat­u­ral mi­nor (A B C D E F G) will sound more au­then­ti­cally Neil Young - es­pe­cially with a sear­ing tone and manic tremolo pick­ing.

3. An­themic bal­lad: E

The chords here are: E, G#aug, A, D9, then G# aug, A, D9, then Eadd9/G#, G7add6, F#m11, Esus4/B, B7 (the fi­nal two chords played in the space of the pre­vi­ous one). E ma­jor pen­ta­tonic (E F# G# B C#) is a wor­thy start­ing point, but you’ll need to ad­just the scale to suit the ‘out of key’ notes in many of the chords. In­stead of try­ing to jam it, why not cre­ate your own rock in­stru­men­tal an­them over this in­ter­est­ing se­quence?

4. Brit style mi­nor blues: G

Mi­nor pen­ta­tonic and nat­u­ral mi­nor scales are your best friends here. Try mix­ing them up! But this time don’t sharpen G mi­nor’s mi­nor 3rd (Bb) as it doesn’t sound right in a mi­nor con­text. Of course the b5 ‘blue’ note (Db) can be brought in to add nice chro­matic touches, and don’t for­get to tar­get strong notes in the chords, like the Eb in the Cm (IVm chord). Have fun!

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