ExamplE2 Full Solo 2: Funky 4/4 (Slightly Swing­ing 16thS)

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Guitar Techniques - - LEARNING ZONE -

We’re back to more con­ven­tional blues vo­cab­u­lary in these bars, but just be­cause the note con­tent is more chord-tone based, don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the de­liv­ery and ar­tic­u­la­tion of these lines. Hen­der­son plays ev­ery­thing with supreme com­mit­ment and with a real sense of in­tent.

Here we en­ter more har­mon­i­cally so­phis­ti­cated ter­ri­tory, choos­ing a chro­mat­i­cally dec­o­rated G Mixoly­dian (G-A-B-C-d-e-F) against G7, mov­ing into d Blues scale with the added 6th (d-F-G-A -A-B-C) over d7, and a string skipped frag­ment from the A blues scale (A-C-d-e -e-G) over A7/, bring­ing the phrase to a log­i­cal con­clu­sion to­wards the v chord of e7#9 (e-G#-B-d-F#).

We get down and funky in the open­ing four bars of our sec­ond cho­rus. The muted ghost notes are not in­tended as a lit­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tion of ex­actly what you might play here, so don’t be afraid to loosen up and add any per­cus­sive strums in be­tween the notes as you see fit. Your mut­ing, how­ever, needs to be right up to the mark, so en­sure that all un­wanted strings are taken care of with the unused parts of the fin­gers of your fret­ting hand and don’t al­low any ex­tra­ne­ous open strings to ring out.

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