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Getting the Most Out of One Fretboard Position

In this fourth installment of our study of slow blues soloing, we’ll again focus on utilizing a single fretboard position of the blues scale while additionally including the major third of the tonic, or “home” chord.The example in this column (see FIGURE 1) is played over a slow 12-bar blues progression in E, so we’re going to use the E blues scale (E G A Bb B D) with the inclusion of the major... …

Adding the Major Third to Blues Licks in Ninth Position

In this third installment of our exploration of utilizing the major third of E, G#, as an additional tone within licks based on the E minor pentatonic scale (E G A B D) and E blues scale (E G A Bb B D), we will focus on ninth position. (By the way, you'll find parts 1 and 2 under RELATED ARTICLES below/left.The reason the major third is such a welcome sound is that, when playing over the tonic,... …

Expanding Blues-Scale Licks with the Major Third

In our previous two lessons, we investigated a variety of ways in which to include the major third as an additional note within the structure of the E blues scale (E G A Bb B D), as a means to broaden our scope for melodic soloing.We began by doing this in second/third position, then moved up to fifth position. This month, we’ll ascend to seventh position, and I’ll present a 12-bar slow blues... …

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... …

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