AYNS­LEY LIS­TER Video Mas­ter­class PT2

Ayns­ley demon­strates his lead style by tak­ing a solo over three con­trast­ing blues style-back­ing tracks. In part two we switch to A Mi­nor for a cool blues shuf­fle. Jon Bishop is your guide.

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Ayns­ley Lis­ter is one of the UK’s most highly re­garded blues-rock gui­tarists. Ayns­ley lends an in­sight into his solo­ing thought pro­cesses.

This sec­ond track from blues ace Ayns­ley Lis­ter is again cen­tred on the gui­tar­friendly key of A. This time how­ever we are mov­ing to the Mi­nor tonal­ity, and in­stead of the clas­sic 12-bar we are us­ing a 32-bar form with an in­ter­est­ing turn­around (Am-C7-B7-Bb7),

which is most ef­fec­tive. We have writ­ten out the chord chart for your ref­er­ence. It’s fairly straight­for­ward to solo over and ba­si­cally stays on Am most of the time. As Ayns­ley ex­plains in the video, it works well to stick to your guns and solo

Bb7 straight through the C7, B7, chord sec­tion with the same A Mi­nor Blues scale vo­cab­u­lary.

Check out the three-oc­tave Blues scalefin­ger­ing pat­tern that we have no­tated. This fin­ger­ing is sim­i­lar to the one we used last time so this will act as a bit of re­vi­sion and also (b5). highlight the po­si­tions of the ‘blue’ notes This fin­ger­ing is very ef­fec­tive and was used ex­ten­sively by play­ers like Eric Clap­ton and Jimi Hen­drix. Ayns­ley uses it for most of his solo, so this roadmap will be a good start­ing point when set­ting sail on your own freeform ad­ven­ture. The tempo is rea­son­ably fast here at 145 bpm, which means (counter-in­tu­itively, per­haps) you can ac­tu­ally af­ford to play less and ‘use the space’.

In the les­son sec­tion Ayns­ley shares some valid tips on adding vi­brato to both nor­mally fret­ted and bent notes. He also makes the point that not all the notes need vi­brato. In fact, a string bend with no vi­brato can add a cool ten­sion to the sound. As ever the no­ta­tion con­tains all of the fin­ger­ings, ar­tic­u­la­tions and phras­ing from the video per­for­mance. It’d be well worth tak­ing a close look at the way Ayns­ley fin­gers and picks the phrases. The ideas here are all rel­a­tively easy to play, es­pe­cially at a slower tempo, and tak­ing this slowly at first is def­i­nitely the way for­ward.

Hope­fully, there will be a new tech­nique, lick or phrase in here for you to per­fect. If you find one you like then mem­o­rise it and use it in future so­los - a prime point to note is how Ayns­ley ‘shapes’ his gui­tar solo from start to fin­ish, rather than sim­ply spit­ting out a slew of licks. Once you have mas­tered some of th­ese con­cepts try cre­at­ing a solo of your own over the same back­ing track.

note how ayns­ley shapes his gui­tar solo from start to fin­ish, rather than spit­ting out a slew of licks

Ayns­ley Lis­ter: Part 2 of his blues-rock solo­ing series

Ayns­ley Lis­ter with his blues video mas­ter­class series, Part 2

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