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Incorporating the Major Third Across Multiple Octaves in a Blues-Based Solo

Last month we explored the concept of interjecting the major third into solo lines based primarily on the minor pentatonic and blues scales. This results in a chromatic row, from the minor third up to the fifth, which offers tremendous room for melodic experimentation.In this lesson, we’ll explore that approach further and expand it across multiple octaves. In the key of E, the scale most often... …

Adding the Major Third to Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scale Phrases

The scales most often used for soloing in rock, blues, country and much popular music are the five-tone pentatonic scales and six-tone scales that add a passing tone to pentatonic, such as the blues scale.Of the two most prevalent pentatonic scales—minor and major pentatonic—minor pentatonic is the most widely used, as well as its chromatically enhanced sister scale, the blues scale.An... …

Moving Up the Neck and Soloing Over Two-Chord Vamps

Two questions I hear most often from students are, “How can I become a better rhythm player?” and “How can I learn to connect different scale positions effectively when soloing?”To me, these two aspects of playing embody virtually the same concept: whether you’re laying down a rhythm part or taking a solo, you should have the freedom to play musical ideas all over the fretboard without feeling... …

Using Chord Positions As a Springboard for Soloing

Over the last two columns, we’ve focused on applying various approaches to two-chord vamps for both rhythm guitar and soloing.Many players have a difficult time breaking away from commonly used chord shapes when playing rhythm; in truth, moving to new areas of the fretboard for your rhythm parts will also inspire different melodic shapes. Let’s continue our look at a two-chord I-IV (one-to-four... …

The Signature Elements of Gary Moore's Instantly Identifiable Guitar Style

In this edition of In Deep, we’ll examine some of the signature elements of the brilliant blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore’s stunning, immediately identifiable guitar style.Born in 1952, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Moore picked up the guitar at the age of eight, inspired by the music of Elvis Presley, the Shadows and the Beatles. But his strongest influences were John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers... …

Unraveling the Mysteries of Chicago and Texas Blues Shuffles, Part 1

There may be no more an enduring sound that has spanned the long, diverse history of popular music than the blues shuffle.Born from the boogie-woogie sounds of jazz piano in the very early 20th century, the swinging shuffle groove is built from an insistent and repetitive forward-leaning rhythm that is generally written in 12/8 meter—wherein four consecutive beats are each subdivided into three... …

Constructing Solo Phrases in the Style of Jimi Hendrix

All things that are truly great only become greater with the passing of time, an attribute that can certainly be applied to the incredible music of the legendary Jimi Hendrix.The power, passion, individuality and influence of Jimi’s instantly recognizable style are more apparent now than ever and his legacy will continue to grow as the years pass.This month, I’d like to explore the intricacies... …

Focusing on Specific Fretboard Positions for Rhythm and Soloing

Focusing on specific fretboard positions for rhythm and soloing As I stated last month, the are many different ways in which guitar players can navigate chord resolutions and likewise allude to them via single-note melodic lines.Students have often asked me how to “break free” from the most commonly used chord voicings and scale-based licks in order to play with more musical freedom and variety... …

How to Utilize Unusual Alternate Tunings Like Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page is regarded as one of rock’s greatest guitarists, bandleaders and producers for the incredibly rich canon of music he created with Led Zeppelin.But not everything produced by the man was as crushingly heavy as Zep favorites like “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog” and “Rock and Roll.” Jimmy was often quoted as saying his true passion was to create a combination of “light... …

In Deep with Blues Masters John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins

The blues is ripe for endless and constant reinvention. Through the decades, it has developed in many different incarnations.These include plantation field hollers; the acoustic guitar playing and songwriting mastery of Charlie Patton, Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnson; the Chicago, Memphis and Texas blues of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and T-Bone Walker;... …

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