ERIC GALES SOLOING MASTERCLASS
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
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.