ExAmplE BRent MASon Style Solo
[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.