Example ROCK’N’ROLL STYLE solo
[Bars 1-12] The first time round the sequence is a set of phrases using Travis picking. This is the hardest part of the solo, as you need to have a good command of the technique to play it fluently. If you’re new to the technique, try the first bar and play just the bass notes until they feel robotic. Then gradually introduce the appropriate treble strings one at a time while keeping those bass notes going. Fret the full open chord shapes, pay attention to the picking hand suggestions - and hang in there! [Bars 13-16] The first of these two licks features a minor 3rd double-stop and a 4th double-stop played over the E chord. The descending slides are tricky but essential. Alternate picking will make the E pedal tone sound fluid. The second lick uses a ‘diminished 5th’ double-stop common to the style, interspersed with notes from E major pentatonic (E F# G# B C#). [Bars 17-20] Back to some Travis picking! The first two bars are based round an A dominant 9th chord with the root note on the fifth string.