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 PLACES THE SLIDE ON THE SECOND FINGER Of THE FRETTING HAND, RATHER THAN THE MORE COMMON THIRD
Brett Garsed in his final video lesson for GT
Brett Garsed: the final instalment in this wonderful solo series