Video Master­class

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In in­stal­ment #6 of his master­class se­ries for GT, Brett Garsed so­los over a tricky, funk­in­fused groove en­ti­tled Chill Dig­gery.

In the fi­nal in­stal­ment of this six-part Brett Garsed video master­class se­ries, we are go­ing to look at Ja­son Sid­well’s Chill Dig­gery, in which Brett once again so­los with his se­cret weapon: a glass slide.

Reg­u­lar read­ers will re­mem­ber Brett’s stun­ning slide solo over the first back­ing track, Dark High­way (GT251), in part one of this se­ries. So let’s re­view the key points of Brett’s unique slide gui­tar style.

Firstly, he places the slide on the sec­ond fin­ger of the fret­ting hand, rather than the more com­mon third. This makes an­gling the slide pos­si­ble, so Brett can ac­cess in­ter­vals and chord shapes not usu­ally avail­able in stan­dard tun­ing (E-A-D-G-B-E), such as a mi­nor 3rd. Play­ing slide in stan­dard tun­ing is con­ve­nient, as you don’t need sev­eral gui­tars in dif­fer­ent tun­ings when play­ing a show.

Slide gui­tar has a cou­ple of sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­ers to en­try if you are new to it. Es­tab­lish­ing a good con­sis­tent con­tact be­tween the slide and the string is essen­tial. You may find heav­ier strings and a higher ac­tion can help here. Also the abil­ity to mute un­wanted strings from ring­ing both be­hind and in front of the slide helps with the tidi­ness of the de­liv­ery. Once you have mas­tered these con­cepts you can work on your in­to­na­tion, or po­si­tion­ing of the slide over the frets. Brett also uses the fret­ting hand fin­gers both be­hind and in front of the slide to fret notes. These ad­vanced con­cepts are tricky, but well worth the ef­fort.

The back­ing track is gen­er­ally in D mi­nor (chord IIm of the har­monised C Ma­jor scale) The phrases in this solo are typ­i­cally taste­ful and, as Brett ex­plains, they come from a sim­ple frame­work of mi­nor 9 arpeg­gios (see Ex­am­ple 1 and the video demon­stra­tion). Some ex­tra chords are in­cluded from out­side the tonal­ity and it is worth study­ing the no­ta­tion to see how Brett nav­i­gates these. To help with this we have in­cluded a handy one-page chord chart of the back­ing track, com­plete with Brett’s scale choices.

The no­ta­tion con­tains all the ar­tic­u­la­tions and phras­ing from the video. So take a close look at how Brett picks the notes and phrases with the slide. There’s bound to be a new tech­nique, lick or phrase in here for you to per­fect. When you find some that you like, me­morise them for use in your own so­los.

Many thanks to Brett for his fab­u­lous play­ing and un­bounded gen­eros­ity dur­ing this master­class se­ries!


Brett Garsed in his fi­nal video les­son for GT

Brett Garsed: the fi­nal in­stal­ment in this won­der­ful solo se­ries

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