brett garsed master­class Part 3

In part three of our video se­ries with Aussie leg­end Brett Garsed, we ex­am­ine Brett’s per­for­mance over the har­mon­i­cally chal­leng­ing back­ing track, Be­yond The Void. Jon Bishop is your guide.

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Welcome to this is­sue’s master­class se­ries where we are go­ing to look at how Brett tack­les the third of Ja­son Sid­well’s back­ing tracks. This par­tic­u­larly tricky set of changes is en­ti­tled, Be­yond The Void. As Brett ex­plains, the track has many chord changes and there’s an al­most clas­si­cal feel. Brett de­cided on a smooth but not too force­ful over­drive this month, even though his le­gendary le­gato style is still to the fore.

In­stead of get­ting too caught up in the the­ory side, Brett chose to use his ears to nav­i­gate the changes. As an ex­tra help, we have placed some scale choices you could use on the ac­com­pa­ny­ing chord chart – some of which Brett has used in his solo. As Brett tends to cre­ate the melody to suit the chord us­ing bro­ken scales and arpeg­gios, there are in fact no real ‘scale shapes’ to speak of. You will be best study­ing the solo and the pos­si­ble scale and arpeg­gio choices and then, like Brett, us­ing your ears. Part of the rea­son this piece has the ad­vanced rat­ing is that there is no way to play through this piece ef­fec­tively just us­ing one scale. Chang­ing from one tonal­ity to the next ‘in the mo­ment’ will take a great deal of prac­tise and plan­ning.

In his spo­ken in­tro­duc­tion, Brett ham­mers home the im­por­tance of leav­ing space and not fill­ing all the gaps. As you study the tab take a look at how Brett plays the lines – and which notes are picked and which are plucked with the fin­gers. Brett’s solo is both rhyth­mi­cally and har­mon­i­cally ad­vanced and it will take some time and ef­fort to digest, but this work will be well worth it. The no­ta­tion looks pretty in­tim­i­dat­ing, but the phrases are al­ways cen­tred around cre­at­ing a strong melody and out­lin­ing the har­mony. The com­bi­na­tion of so­phis­ti­cated phras­ing, clever note choices and a mod­ern-sound­ing tone makes this one a must-study piece. The back­ing track is in­cluded for you to prac­tise over, in ad­di­tion to a full tran­scrip­tion of Brett’s per­for­mance from the video and the chord chart with sug­gested scale choices.

Hope­fully, there will be a new tech­nique, lick or phrase in here some­where for you to per­fect. If you find one you like then mem­o­rise it and use it in the fu­ture, es­pe­cially if the sex­tu­plet feel is what’s re­quired. Once you have mas­tered some of the con­cepts in Brett’s solo, why not try cre­at­ing a solo of your own over the very same back­ing track. Check out the chord chart for the har­monic changes and scale choices and, most im­por­tantly, use your mu­si­cal ear. Have fun and I’ll see you next time for some more Garsed good­ness!

as brett cre­ates the melody to suit the chord us­ing bro­ken scales and arpeg­gios, there are no ‘scale shapes’ as such

Brett used his black Gib­son SG for this month’s track

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