Guitar Techniques - - 5-NOTE STRING-PAIR CELLS -


ex­Am­pLe 1 Th­ese ex­am­ples fea­ture five-note string-pair cells that fol­low a 2-3 con­fig­u­ra­tion. Ex­am­ple 1 is based around A mi­nor pen­ta­tonic and uses a com­bi­na­tion of slides and mi­cro-tonal bends. Although you may have heard this shape be­fore, have you worked out the other four in­ver­sions? ex­Am­pLe 2 Talk­ing of which, this ex­am­ple is based around an­other in­ver­sion of an A mi­nor pen­ta­tonic scale string-pair cell ar­ranged in a 2-3 con­fig­u­ra­tion. Here, slides have been added as a means of adding more earcatch­ing ar­tic­u­la­tion and ex­pres­sion. ex­Am­pLe 3 As men­tioned ear­lier, any five-note scale can be classed as a pen­ta­tonic scale. The string-pair cell in this ex­am­ple is based upon the Ja­panese pen­ta­tonic scale (in this case, in A): 1 2 b3 5 b6

A B C E F Although it em­ploys sev­eral tech­niques (slides, ham­mer-ons, pull-offs, fret­ting-hand taps, pick­ing-hand taps etc), it’s im­por­tant to keep all the notes equal in both vol­ume and rel­e­vant dis­tance (rhyth­mi­cally, they should all be played as 16th-notes).

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