When soloing, many guitarists often find themselves being stuck in a musical rut by playing the same old phrases all the time. I have found that a good way to get out of such a rut is to practice improvising while restricting oneself to a specific scale position, especially one that is newly learned, as this can increase the potential to yield new melodic phrasing ideas.
A signature element in many great, enduring rock songs is the use of harmonized single-note lead guitar lines. Dickey Betts, composer of so many of these classic ABB tunes, has made harmonized single-note leads a part of his own signature sound. In this lesson, I will show you how to create sweet harmony leads with this scale, in the style of Betts.
Last month’s column was dedicated to the incredible and highly influential playing of Mountain’s Leslie West, whose beautifully melodic phrasing, signature slow, wide vibrato, and rich guitar tone set the standard for blues-rock–style guitar of the highest order in the late Sixties and early Seventies.
Designed by John Page, co-founder of the Fender Custom Shop, the Ashburn is a production guitar ($1,499 MSRP) with all the features in the high-end custom guitars Page builds himself. It’s produced to spec in a state-of-the-art workshop in Japan, then set up in the U.S. by authorized John Page Classic techs.