ExAMPLE CARL VeRheYen MASteRCLASS
[Bar 3-4] This gorgeous country phrase uses a chiming effect achieved by holding down adjacent strings as indicated in the tab. Notice that this is all over a Bb7 harmonic context, and Carl shows two lesser known chord voicings for it, all integrated with in one phrase. [Bars 8-9] Notice how Carl flicks the pickup selector to the bridge position in the same gesture as picking the ‘curled’ Db in bar 8 as well as the G bent to an A in bar 9. This latter bend is flatter than an A, and over the F7, it is somewhere between the minor and major 3rd (sometimes called a ‘neutral 3rd’ or a ‘blues curl’). [Bars 14-18] This extremely fluid and musical passage will require some work to negotiate the string skips and position shifts. Play it slowly but in time, as the maintenance of consistent tempo is quite a challenge. Bar 14-16 uses a combination of Bb Mixolydian, Bb Phrygian Dominant and Bb Altered scale to create a tasty angular phrase. You may also notice some similarities in bar 17 to bar 3, but with the material transposed from Bb7 to Eb7.