BERNIE MARS­DEN’ S MA­JOR BLUES

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Video -

In­tro [Bars 1- 4] The back­ing track starts with four bars of the turn­around, which is a pop­u­lar blues ar­range­ment trick. Bernie skil­fully nav­i­gates the turn­around chords with licks based around shape four of the D Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic scale. Se­lect the bridge and mid­dle pick­ups to­gether if you have a gui­tar with Les Paul-style wiring. Check out the lick in bar four that tar­gets the A note, as this is the tonic or ‘home’ note of the V chord (ie A7). Cho­rus 1 [Bars 5-16] Cho­rus 1 starts out with a col­lec­tion of licks that uses shape one of D Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic as a foun­da­tion. The dis­so­nant high-string dou­blestop in bar 6 adds an in­ter­est­ing ef­fect and makes the sim­ple de­scend­ing Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic line sound more effective. In bar 8, Bernie switches to the neck pickup for tonal va­ri­ety. Check out how much tweak­ing of the gui­tar’s con­trols Bernie does in between the phrases, as he plays on the video. Switch over to the

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