EX­AM­PLE DON MCLEAN STYLE

Guitar Techniques - - LEARNING ZONE -

[Bar 1] never un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of an intro! You’ll some­times hear McLean play short, melodic licks or fills be­fore start­ing a piece. It’s a great skill to de­velop and you’ll also hear it in the play­ing of that other master singer­song­writer and picker, James Tay­lor.

[Bar 8] This par­tic­u­lar sec­tion is worth com­mit­ting to mem­ory as you’ll hear this par­tic­u­lar G to C/G move­ment in the play­ing of many other clas­sic in the play­ing of song­writer-gui­tarists, in­clud­ing a cer­tain Paul si­mon.

[Bar 9] From this point on we see how McLean con­nects a sim­ple chord se­quence us­ing stan­dard open ma­jor and mi­nor shapes but arpeg­giat­ing them and adding short melodic se­quences to con­nect each chord. In or­der to do this, how­ever, you’ll need to be con­fi­dent with Ma­jor and Mi­nor scales in each key in the open po­si­tion. In ad­di­tion, you need to be good with chord tones so your melody al­ways falls on a note be­long­ing to the chord it­self when to play it.

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