Example1 Full Solo 1: Bluesy Swing­ing 6/8

Guitar Techniques - - LEARNING ZONE -

[Bars 1-5] While Scott tunes down a semi­tone, we re­main in stan­dard tuning for this blues solo in G. As all of the vi­brato here is ac­com­plished with the whammy bar, it’s a good idea to de­velop a tech­nique where it’s close to hand at all times. Try lightly hold­ing it be­tween your third and fourth fin­ger, so you can still use the side of your palm and unused fin­gers for mut­ing, and pick the strings with a plec­trum or sec­ond fin­ger. We kick off with a hip G6/7#11 be­fore head­ing into con­ven­tional blues vo­cab­u­lary based on 3rd and 6th in­ter­vals, al­though the 6ths in bar 5 are de­rived from the G Half-Whole scale (R- 2-3-4-- 5-6--

Bb Bb- [Bars 6-9] Here we see how Scott might use C (C-E-G) and ( D-F) ma­jor

Bb), triad to out­line C Mixoly­dian (C-D-E-F-G-A- fol­lowed by more blues phras­ing. We step closer to the jazz side in bar 9 with a sym­met­ri­cal line based on mi­nor 3rds, once again de­rived from the Half-Whole scale but here against E7#9. As this scale repli­cates in mi­nor 3rd in­ter­vals, these are ac­tu­ally the same notes, al­beit with some en­har­monic re­spelling, as our pre­vi­ous G Half-Whole.

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