BRETT GARSED so­los over... Back In The Day

This month Brett Garsed demon­strates some as­ton­ish­ing ‘faux pedal steel’ slide gui­tar over an up­beat sound­ing pop groove from Ja­son. Jon Bishop is your guide.

Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS -

Brett con­tin­ues his video se­ries by ex­plain­ing his clean slide solo­ing over an­other spe­cially writ­ten track by mu­sic ed­i­tor Ja­son Sid­well.

For this eight part se­ries we in­vited Aussie ses­sion ace Brett Garsed to im­pro­vise a two-minute solo over eight of Ja­son Sid­well’s GT back­ing tracks. Each of these back­ing tracks presents a unique set of chal­lenges, and this month Brett has opted for a rather in­ter­est­ing ‘faux pedal steel’ type vibe over Ja­son’s track Back In The Day. Brett has de­vel­oped a unique and in­spired slide style that is very ver­sa­tile. First let’s take a look at the ba­sics of good slide technique.

Slide gui­tar has a cou­ple of sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­ers to en­try. The first is es­tab­lish­ing a good con­sis­tent con­tact be­tween the slide and the string. You may find heav­ier strings and a higher ac­tion can help here. The sec­ond is to be able to mute un­wanted strings from ring­ing both be­hind and in front of the slide. Once you have mas­tered these two you can then work on the in­to­na­tion of the slide po­si­tion­ing. Brett uses a cou­ple ad­vanced con­cepts when play­ing slide and has mas­tered play­ing slide in stan­dard tun­ing.

Brett places the slide on his sec­ond fin­ger, which al­lows for dig­its of the fret­ting hand to be used and means the slide can be an­gled eas­ily. Plac­ing the slide at an an­gle makes it pos­si­ble to ac­cess in­ter­vals that would nor­mally not be avail­able in stan­dard tun­ing. Brett also uses fin­gers of the fret­ting hand both be­hind and in front of the slide to fret notes. These ad­vanced con­cepts are pretty tricky to mas­ter, but are well worth the ef­fort.

If you check out the video’s in­tro, Brett skil­fully demon­strates all these tech­niques in his spo­ken in­tro­duc­tion and we have also tabbed these out for you to prac­tise.

The back­ing track is in A ma­jor, apart from four bars in the bridge (bar 39-42) where it moves to chords from C ma­jor. The phrases in this solo are taste­ful and well cho­sen and, as Brett ex­plains, they are in­spired by the sound of the pedal steel.

The no­ta­tion con­tains all of the ar­tic­u­la­tions and phras­ing from the video per­for­mance. It’d be well worth tak­ing a close look at the way Brett picks the phrases. Hope­fully there will be a new technique, lick or phrase in here for you to per­fect. If you find one you like, mem­o­rise it and use it in fu­ture so­los (even a few of these licks in a solo will have peo­ple’s eyes pop­ping!).

Once you have mas­tered some of the con­cepts in Brett’s solo try cre­at­ing one of your own over the same back­ing track. The handy one-page chord chart of the back­ing track is there to help you plan your solo. Have fun... and good luck!

NEXT MONTH Brett amazes with an­other solo, this time over Ja­son’s orig­i­nal track Grind.

I wasn’t get­TING much out of the dis­torted slide ap­proach, so I thought I’d do my fake pedal steel Brett Garsed

This month Brett takes a smooth and clean ap­proach with the slide

Brett Garsed will as­tound you with his play­ing on this month’s track

Brett played his blue ESP on the bridge pickup with tone backed off to 50%. He used a Frac­tal Au­dio AX-8 amp modeller with a Mar­shall JTM ‘jumped’ amp se­lected with Tre­ble Drive set to 3.5, Nor­mal Drive on 3 and Mas­ter Vol­ume at 10. Two vir­tual Mar­shall 4x12 cab­i­nets were panned in stereo. Spring re­verb was set to 10% and stereo tape de­lay also set to 10%.

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