Since his en­trance onto the blues-rock scene as a teenage prodigy in the 90s, Eric Gales has built a rep­u­ta­tion for his ex­plo­sive style. Get a taste of it here

Guitarist - - Front Page - Words Adrian Clark

There’s much more to Eric than the Hen­drix-in­flu­enced end of the blues spec­trum, as he demon­strates in this video les­son. You’ll see how he ap­proaches rhythm and lead play­ing in a coun­try and gospel vibe, as well as his take on clas­sic blues-rock pen­ta­tonic lines. A very im­por­tant part of Eric’s play­ing is the way he plays left­handed but without re­vers­ing the strings. This means the low E string is phys­i­cally at the bot­tom, clos­est to his feet. Although this doesn’t im­pact too much on chord shapes or fin­ger­ing pat­terns (with a cou­ple of crucial ex­cep­tions, as you’ll see), it has a much more no­tice­able ef­fect on fin­ger­pick­ing or hy­brid pick­ing. Ev­ery­thing we know is sud­denly mean­ing­less… you’re now us­ing your fingers to play bass notes, rather than your thumb or pick!

Stick with it, though – you can play all of these ex­am­ples pretty well with stan­dard string align­ment, and even though they won’t sound quite the same, you’ll gain some in­sight into the unique melodic and har­monic de­tails that Eric has dis­cov­ered through his non-stan­dard tech­nique.

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