TRA CKs 15-18

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Pentatonic -

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.

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