HANK MARVIN: MA­JOR SCALE 3RDS

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Hank wasn’t ob­sessed with blues play­ers (this wouldn’t be­come fash­ion­able un­til later on in the mid 60s) so he wasn’t afraid to ex­plore di­a­tonic Ma­jor scale sounds. The most fa­mous of th­ese is the open­ing lick to Cliff richard’s sum­mer Hol­i­day based on dou­ble-stop 3rds (very Buddy Holly!). This ex­am­ple is a lit­tle darker, util­is­ing slides, whammy bar bends and vi­brato. The end re­sult is the Hawai­ian sound that Marvin would of­ten ex­plore in his riffs and so­los.

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