EX­AM­PLE Solo 1: Joe bonamassa Style

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Blues -

[Bars 9-12] Joe uses sim­i­lar pedal-tone ideas through­out the live al­bum, par­tic­u­larly at cli­mac­tic points in long ex­tended so­los, so feel free when im­pro­vis­ing to stretch th­ese ideas out. The tech­ni­cal chal­lenge here is the rapid tran­si­tion be­tween 12th and 17th fret on the sec­ond string at the start of bar 10, so it might be worth isolating this lick and work­ing with your metronome to build the re­quired ac­cu­racy, clar­ity and pre­ci­sion. [Bars 13-16] A ca­sual glance at the Pen­ta­tonic phrase across bars 14 and 15 might not ini­tially yield a pat­tern or se­quence; but if you look closer then a group­ing of seven notes be­gins to ap­pear. It’s best to think of this lick as con­sist­ing of two melodic frag­ments, a four and a three, sand­wiched to­gether and star ting from each new string with no gap be­tween in con­stant 16th notes, there­fore pro­duc­ing a seven-against-four rhyth­mic dis­place­ment. What bet­ter way to bal­ance all this rhyth­mic am­bi­gu­ity than with a se­lec­tion of choice Pen­ta­tonic and uni­son bends to con­clude.

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