EX­AM­PLE Solo 1: Joe BonamaSSa Style

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Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Blues -

[Bars 1-4] In typ­i­cal blues style we kick things off with some mi­nor-against-ma­jor melodic ac­tion. Es­sen­tially it’s E mi­nor, al­beit chro­mat­i­cally dec­o­rated, against the E7 tonal­ity. In bars 2-3 Joe high­lights both E (E G# B) and D tri­ads (D F# A) against an E root, al­lud­ing har­mon­i­cally to E11, be­fore de­scend­ing through E Blues scale (EG A Bb B D). [Bars 5-8] This mi­nor against ma­jor ac­tion con­tin­ues here, with a se­lec­tion of lines that con­tain both mi­nor and ma­jor 3rds against our C#7#9 chord. In bar 7 we slide into the D-form of the ap­pro­pri­ate C# Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic be­fore an­tic­i­pat­ing the tran­si­tion to E7 a good half a bar early, to­wards the end of bar 8. This adds a touch of so­phis­ti­ca­tion to pro­ceed­ings.

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