Ex­am­ple SOLO STUDY

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Creative Rock -

[Bars 16-17] This sec­tion re­flects Yngwie’s propen­sity for us­ing open strings with E Phry­gian Dom­i­nant scale, al­low­ing him to shift lat­er­ally in the style of a Greek bouzouki player (who would also use this scale). [Bar 18] Here the in­tro­duc­tion of a G nat­u­ral pro­duces a bluesy fris­son to an as­cend­ing four-note scale se­quence (played to a 16th-note triplet count as in bars 10 and 11) and al­lows Yngwie to ar­range the notes in a sym­met­ri­cal fash­ion (9th, 10th and 12th frets of the fourth, third and sec­ond strings). [Bar 19] As men­tioned, E Phry­gian Dom­i­nant con­tains a G#dim7 ar­peg­gio. Di­min­ished 7th is a four-note en­tity (1, b3, b5 and bb7), and is the har­monic equiv­a­lent of a square as it has ‘four equal sides’. By this, I mean that there is an equal dis­tance be­tween each con­sec­u­tive note (a mi­nor 3rd) – see Di­a­gram 2. This means that each in­ver­sion looks ex­actly the same (as you roll the same shape over, start­ing from a dif­fer­ent point); also, one could say that G#dim7 has the same notes as Bdim7, Ddim7 and Fdim7. This sym­me­try can ex­ploited on the gui­tar by sim­ply tak­ing any di­min­ished ar­peg­gio shape and mov­ing it up or down in mi­nor 3rd in­ter­vals (ev­ery three frets), and bar 19 shows a graphic ex­am­ple of this: each iden­ti­cal four-note ar­peg­gio shape con­tains ex­actly the same four notes. Fi­nally, in terms of vi­su­al­is­ing the dim7 ar­peg­gio from within the scale, many play­ers (in­clud­ing me) pre­fer to think of it as a 7b9 ar­peg­gio with no root: E7b9: E G# B D F 1 3 5 b7 b9 [Bar 20] This sec­tion reads like an as­cend­ing ver­sion of the idea shown in bar 12; here, used over two oc­taves. [Bars 21-22] Like the pre­vi­ous bar, this sec­tion is a graphic ex­am­ple of how to base an idea around the three semi­tones that ex­ist within each oc­tave of the Phry­gian Dom­i­nant scale. This pas­sage can be played us­ing just the first two fin­gers of the fret­ting hand - as gypsy jazzer Django Rein­hardt would.

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