ExamplE RHYTHM PART
We have a relaxed bluesy swing feel here. I haven’t gone for Nelson’s way-behind-the-beat approach but it’s a great feel to practise – see how far behind you can get before it all falls apart!
Here is an example of Nelson’s classic ‘walking’ bassline that connects the C to the A7. These don’t have to be overly elaborate and are usually just
GUITAR TECHNIQUES 2 4 8 short bass runs that take you from one chord to the next. You’ll find another example of this in bar 13.
In addition to bass runs Nelson will use octaves to get from one chord to another as with this example.
Nelson uses octaves extensively in both his rhythm and lead playing. He often veers between the two and octaves are a great device for thinning out a rhythm part or, conversely, thickening up a lead line. They are far more common in jazz though and serve as another element to make his style so unique within the country genre.