That Was The Year...
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are taking notice of luthier John Monteleone’s exquisite guitars. Particularly stunning are the Radio Flyer, a contemporary single-cut acoustic archtop and the Radio City that offers a more traditional flavour. The names acknowledge the importance of the radio for all forms of American music and both portray stunning attention to detail. The Flyer has ‘dolphin’ sound holes on the top and incorporates Monteleone’s side sound holes too. parliament; Scottish scientists successfully clone an adult sheep and call her Dolly; the greenhouse effect is blamed for the increase in ground ice breaking off in Alaska; and El Nino forms in the oceans causing unstable weather conditions including increases in hurricanes and drought. a ban on international land mines then later in the year sadly dies in a car crash in Paris. Extremists open fire on tourists in Egypt’s Valley of The Kings and kill 70; Hong Kong returns to Chinese rule; Mars Pathfinder lands on the surface of Mars; and repair work is successfully carried out on the Hubble Space Telescope. in Nashville, currently valued at $261 billion dollars; Microsoft is now the world’s most valuable company; Steve Jobs returns to Apple Computers as the man in charge; BBC News 24 and Channel 5 are launched; the first Harry Potter book by JK Rowling is published; the inflation rate stands at 3.1% and interest rates are at 7.25%. (P/Centurian) Series of guitars. The unattractively named CT2K is the entry-level model and features an offset single cutaway mahogany body, mahogany neck and 22-fret rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays. It’s loaded with a pair of exposed coil humbuckers and comes in Black, Tiffany Blue or Sapphire Blue finishes. Alternatively, the CT290K offers P-90 style pickups and a body finish of Translucent Red or Blue. Michael Hutchence, Jimmy Witherspoon, Jeff Buckley, John Denver, Glen Buxton (Alice Cooper band), Tony Williams, Billy Mackenzie (Associates), Luther Allison and La Vern Baker. are new on the streets and causing quite a stir in the USA with Fenderesque off-set body and six-in-a-line tuners but with a freshness about the overall presentation. The B-Cat has a humbucker and a single-coil pickup, the Avenger has three Strat styled single-coils and the Spy has three Lipstick case units. There’s a chromed forearm rest on the top of the body and the scratchplate features a stepped profile initially from jack socket section to bridge. All offer exceptional sound qualities. Let’s start with this old-school funk jam in G. At 71 bpm it’s quite slow and ideal for warming up as well as practising your 16th-note funk strumming patterns. There are two sections; one based on a G chord (G7, G9, G13, etc) and one based on a C chord (C7, C9, C13, etc). For single-notes lines and soloing, try G minor Pentatonic
Bb- (G- C-D-F), G Mixolydian (G-A-B-C-D-E-F) and G Dorian
Bb- (G-A- C-D-E-F). You can play along to this slow blues shuffle jam in G using easy open chords (G-C-D) or practise your soloing using the G minor
Bb- Pentatonic scale (G- C-D-F). It’s also a great idea – and a classic blues trick – to mix in some G major Pentatonic (G-A-B-D-E) too. Here are the relevant I-IV-V (7th) arpeggios: G7 – G-B-D-F; C7 –
Bb C-E-G- and D7 – D-F#-A-C. For this G minor jazz-blues I’d recommend using G minor
Bb- Pentatonic (G- C-D-F) and G
Bb- Eb- minor scale (G-A- C-D- F) to
Eb7- start. For the turnaround ( D7)
Eb I’d use Lydian dominant Eb- Bb- Db) ( F-G-A- C- and G
Bb- Harmonic minor (G-A- C-DEb-
F#). You can also get a little more fancy on the D7 and use D
Eb- Gb-Ab-Bb- Altered scale (D- F- C), treating it as a D7#9 chord. This one is ideal for jazz harmony beginners. For soloing, I suggest using A minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) and A Natural minor scale (A-B-C-D-E-F-G). With a similar turnaround to Track 3, I would use F Lydian dominant
Eb) (F-G-A-B-C-D- for the F7 chords in the turnaround and either A Harmonic minor (A-B-C-D-E-F-G#) or E Altered
Ab-Bb- scale (E-F-G- C-D) for the E7 chord. The 7th arpeggios will help too: Am7 (A-C-E-G), Dm7 (D-F-A-C), F7 (F-A-C-E E7 (E-G#-B-D). Even though we list the scale options for these backing tracks, remember music is about melody and not just scale bashing!