BERNIE MARS­DEN’ S MA­JOR BLUES

Guitar Techniques - - Bernie Marsden Part 2 | Learning Zone -

bridge pickup in Bar 12. Good blues and rock gui­tarists, from Jimi Hen­drix to Jeff Beck, of­ten vary the gui­tar’s con­trols. Don’t be afraid to ex­per­i­ment with the vol­ume and/or tone con­trols so your phrases have the big­gest im­pact. Cho­rus 2 [Bars 17-28] Cho­rus 2 sets off with some licks us­ing the D Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic scale, and note the clas­sic cliché lick that in­cor­po­rates chro­matic pass­ing notes in bars 17 and 18. Bar 23 brings in some ex­tra colour tones which add an ex­tra level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion. The ma­jor 9th (E) and ma­jor 13th (B) both come from D Do­rian mode, which works nicely over our D7 chord (chord IV in the key of A). Bar 24 pro­vides a great il­lus­tra­tion of the in­ter­change between the mi­nor and ma­jor 3rd in­ter­vals – that de­light­ful am­bi­gu­ity that we all love in the blues. Any ma­jor 3rd (F# in this case) can be pre­ceded by a mi­nor 3rd (F nat­u­ral) to add a ‘ tension and re­lease’ fac­tor.

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