String Theory with Jimmy Brown: The Climactic Conclusion of My Original Solo Over the “Aeroplane” Vamp

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Picking up where we left off, this month I’ll present the remainder of an original rock guitar solo I composed called “Loop Appeal,” which is played over a funky groove and “i-IV Dorian vamp” and inspired by the Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Aeroplane.”

There’s something about this tempo’s “pocket” (around 100 beats per minute), the key of G minor and, specifically, the Gm7-to-C chord vamp that feels ideally suited to the timbre of an overdriven electric guitar and the way the notes ring, as well as the feel of the string tension for bending.

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Jimmy Brown

Over the past 30 years, Jimmy Brown has built a reputation as one of the world's finest music educators, through his work as a transcriber and Senior Music Editor for Guitar World magazine and Lessons Editor for its sister publication, Guitar Player. In addition to these roles, Jimmy is also a busy working musician, performing regularly in the greater New York City area. Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance and Music Management from William Paterson University in 1989. He is also an experienced private guitar teacher and an accomplished writer.