Guitar Techniques - - LESSON | ACOUSTIC -

As with his rhythm, Nel­son takes a bluesy, swing ap­proach to his solo­ing. Although we start off in C mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (C-Eb-F-Bb) we’ll see how he in­tro­duces jazzy Django-es­que chro­mati­cism and oc­taves.

In ad­di­tion to those beloved oc­taves, dou­ble-stops form a huge part of Nel­son’s solo­ing style.

Here is an ex­am­ple of the Django-style chro­matic ap­proach – we are just aim­ing to get to the root note of the A7 chord but the sim­ple chro­matic triplet on beat 2 gets us there in a more in­ter­est­ing fash­ion (we also ar­rive ahead of the beat as well).

A cou­ple of clas­sic Nel­son-style lead de­vices here – oc­taves to out­line the F7 chord and then tremolo pick­ing on the Ab – don’t worry about pre­cise rhyth­mic val­ues with the tremolo here; Wil­lie usu­ally just goes for it!

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