Ex­Am­plE BRent MA­Son Style Solo

Guitar Techniques - - Sweeps And Taps -

[Bars 1- 8] the first eight bars es­tab­lish the riff. Bar 1 has a plucked dou­blestop 4th ‘chord frag­ment’ of D and g over the g chord, fol­lowed by a twostring bend­ing lick where the sec­ond-string note, D, re­mains fret­ted, while the third-string note, A, bends up a tone to the ma­jor 3rd of the chord, B. this can be chal­leng­ing down at this end of the neck, so go steady and en­sure the bend is ac­cu­rately pitched. Fret­ting the sec­ond-string D note with your fourth fin­ger and the third string A note with your sec­ond or third, might help to make the bend eas­ier. If you strug­gle, try prac­tis­ing the lick higher up the neck where it’s phys­i­cally eas­ier and grad­u­ally move it down as you get more com­fort­able. Note how in bar 2, the dou­ble-stop is a chord frag­ment of the C ma­jor over which it’s played. the notes are g (5th of C ma­jor) and C (the root). Bar 3 plays the same mo­tif as in bar 1, but bar 4 re­solves with a dou­ble-stop over a D chord, us­ing the notes of D and A (root and 5th repec­tively of D ma­jor). Bar 5 is al­most the same as bars 1 and 3, with the res­o­lu­tion in bar 6 over C ma­jor again be­ing played with a dou­blestop chord frag­ment, but this time with the root (C) on the fifth string and the ma­jor 3rd (E) on the fourth. Bar 7 uses an open-string arpeg­giated chord idea over the Em, im­ply­ing an Em9 tonal­ity (E g B D F#) be­fore a semi­tone ‘be­hind-the-nut’ bend on the fifth string from A to Bb and back to A re­solves to the g root note over the tonic chord. Be­hind-the-nut bends are par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult (and can be painful) when you’re not used to them, so be care­ful. re­place the bend with a ham­mer- on and pull- off if you like. [Bars 9-16] these eight bars are sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous ones, but watch out for the fourth string, 2nd fret bend (E to F#) in bar 15. this is not easy and re­quires a lot of strength in or­der to pitch it cor­rectly. Again, the same prac­tis­ing tech­nique as men­tioned be­fore can help, but fourth string bends aren’t easy at the best of times, so make sure you sup­port such bends with any other avail­able fin­gers.

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