ExAmPLE4: taR­Get­inG the 5th

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: THEORY -

Ex­am­ple four tar­gets the fifth (D) and is in the style of play­ers like Al­bert King and Eric Clap­ton. The 5th is a very safe note and fits in with all three chords (as it’s also the 2nd/9th of the IV chord - C - and the root of the V chord - D). Take a look at how many times we use the D in this solo, and the dif­fer­ent feel it gives against the three chords. The idea in bar 10 is rem­i­nis­cent of early EC and works well when set­ting up the turn­around.

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