ExAmPLE2: taR­Get­inG the 2nd and 9th

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: THEORY -

This sec­ond ex­am­ple tar­gets the ma­jor 2nd (A, shown as a squared 2) and uses a re­peat­ing phrase to add con­ti­nu­ity to the solo. Old-school blues­men like T-Bone Walker of­ten in­cluded the 2nd or 9th in their solo­ing. The ma­jor

sec­ond note of the ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic so we can utilise this sound with rel­a­tive ease in a blues con­text. This kind of idea is sim­ple to play, but most ef­fec­tive. The lick in bar 9 is a clas­sic way to in­clude the 9th in a phrase and this type of idea can be re­cy­cled to work with other in­ter­vals. Other play­ers who tar­get thse notes in­clude Peter Green and Chris Rea.

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