String Theory with Jimmy Brown: How to Build Intensity When Soloing at a Slow Tempo
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Last month, I presented 12 bars of original soloing over a laid-back two-chord vamp—Em7 to A7—reminiscent of that heard in the Pink Floyd song “Breathe” and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Riviera Paradise.”
As you recall, I started off slowly, with lots of long, sexy bends, which I attacked with muted string rakes for an accentuated, dramatic effect and adorned with finger vibratos to make the held notes really sing, in an effort to give the solo an emotional quality and appeal.
As the solo unfolded, I started introducing faster, “busier” 16th- and 32nd-note rhythms in short burts, using legato techniques such as quick bends, releases, hammer-ons and pull-offs in combination to produce slinky, Eddie Van Halen–style phrases.
This month, I’m going to continue developing the solo rhythmically and melodically and demonstrate how to build density and intensity by playing long 32nd-note lines that work nicely over both chords.
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