Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Session -

E[Solo: Bars 20 & 21] The solo starts in bars 20 and 21 with a clas­si­cal style rolling pat­tern over three string shapes that cre­ate the sound of a Dmadd9, an E7b9 and an E7. Hold these down as ‘shapes’ and I sug­gest us­ing ‘p’ on the third string, ‘i’ on the sec­ond and ‘m’ on the first. Once you’ve sorted the tech­ni­cal as­pect of play­ing the phrase, try us­ing dy­nam­ics in your pick­ing hand as this will bring feel and emo­tion to the part. [Bars 22-25] This sec­tion starts with an Am scale (A B C D E F G) lick over the Am chord. Make sure the tim­ing of this is ac­cu­rate. The lick’s penul­ti­mate note is F# which marks the ma­jor 3rd of the D9/F# chord over which it’s played. Bar 24 sees an as­cend­ing 3rds phrase over the Fmaj7 chord. Al­though used in many styles, the way this is played (and the Fmaj7 to Bm7b5 chords un­der­neath) gives a kind of Span­ish feel. Note how the sim­ple use of the grace note D to to the F at the start of bar 25 adds to this feel. The sex­tu­plet arpeg­gios on beats 3 and 4 of bar 25 are prob­a­bly best played with ‘p’, ‘i’ and ‘m’ as in­di­cated, and need to be played evenly, with the shapes held down. [Bars 26- 30] An E7 ar­peg­gio (E G# B D) be­gins these fi­nal bars; think ‘feel’ when you play this! The phras­ing of the sim­ple Am based line in bars 27 and 28 need to be placed ac­cu­rately. The fi­nal lick in­cor­po­rates open strings and is an Amadd9 ar­peg­gio. Again, I’ve in­cluded pick­ing hand fin­ger­ing sug­ges­tions for this, but use what feels most com­fort­able to you.

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