TRA CKs 15-18
Countr y Ex 13 Here we are in 3/4 time soloing on a I, VIm, IV, V, I progression in D major, using the corresponding major pentatonic for each major chord as it comes along (I, IV and V), with various versions of our ‘bend up to the 3rd’ lick. Notice how we add the high D on 10th fret of the first string, giving us three notes ringing; and also how the last two bends (on the A and D chords) are double-stops, as the notes are picked simultaneously. Pay extra attention to your pitching on these bends, they can be tricky to play accurately at first.
Countr y Ex 14 This example is in Eb major going through a IV, V, I, bVII, I progression. We are simply using Eb major pentatonic – or C minor pentatonic if you will – and sticking with this scale throughout. Notice though, how we target essential chord tones at certain strong points, like the C (5th) on the Ab chord; the Bb (root) of the Bb chord and Eb (root) of the Eb chord.
Countr y Ex 15 Our final country style example is in G minor, and uses notes from the G minor pentatonic scale exclusively. Trying this using just your picking hand fingers or perhaps hybrid picking (pick and fingers). With hybrid picking using your second finger (m) to pick all the open G notes (not the pulled- off ones) and your pick to play the remaining notes. This sort of sequential country pattern playing is highly addictive once you get into it.