EXAMPLE 3: REGGIE YOUNG If ever there was a case of the importance a session musician plays in finding those hooks and licks then Reggie Young has to be is it. He is responsible for such iconic licks as Dusty Springfield’s Son Of A Preacher Man and Elvis’ Suspicious Minds. Reggie is renowned for his use of soulful double-stops and 6ths, so much so that many producers will now ask of guitarists on a session, “Can you play some Reggie Young over this?”. Use the pads of your fingers for the double-stop slides.
EXAMPLE 4: BRENT MASON Like Chet, Brent plays with a thumbpick and this has led to his instantly recognisable sound. The constant drone of the fifth string here is a challenge somewhat akin to the childhood game of rubbing your tummy while tapping your head. Start by learning the first two beats’ worth of notes, then gradually incorporate one more note until you’ve built up the entire phrase. Use alternate picking to achieve the picking speed of the 16th-note triplet. Aim to ‘pop’ the double-stops to give a percussive effect.