If you haven’t had a chance to check out part one of this series, I’ve been revamping some of the material from my last clinic for some upcoming events and I thought I’d take a couple of posts and put up one lick/approach in each one.
One thing that will become apparent if you read this blog with any regularity, is that I recycle licks a lot. That’s generally because if I’m going to spend the time to really learn a lick, I want to make sure I can get the most mileage from it I can. In this lesson I’m going to use a pentatonic shape to create a modal sound.
Sticking with E Minor Pentatonic, here’s a 2-string fingering based on an idea in the last lesson.
Taking that same E Minor Pentatonic shape and moving it to F# creates a pentatonic sequence based on E Minor Pentatonic and F# Minor Pentatonic :
The notes from both patterns produce E, F#, G, A, B, C# (aka E Dorian with no 7th). This works really well over and E minor chord for a E Dorian type sound or G Major for a G Lydian type sound.
With 8 you get octaves and rhythmic displacement
I’m not counting on many people getting the play on “With 6 you get eggroll” name drop (a feature with Doris Day and George Carlin!!), but I’ll take this idea and move it in octaves:
Depending on what chord I’m playing this over I’ll end on different notes. For example, when played over E minor, I’ll stop on the B on the 19th fret.
While I practice ideas like this in 16th notes to get them under my fingers, I find the phrasing to be a little mechanical. So, after I get the fingering down, I’ll typically move it to other rhythmic groupings. Moving it to sextuplets in this case, puts the accents in more interesting places (and makes it a 4/4 phrase rather than a 3/4 phrase):
Here’s an mp3 at different tempos. The first pass is phrased at 16th notes and the second at sextuplets.
Remember to keep your hands relaxed and focus on the 3 T’s (Timing, Tone and (hand) Tension).
Try playing moving this shape to other areas (This E min shape + D min = E, F, G, A, B which produces a Phrygian-ish type sound).
If you like this idea, you may want to check out my not-peggio lesson posts as they use a similar alternating 1-note-per-string-3-note-per-string idea.
That’s it for now! (Trust me getting that in the pocket may take some time!) Lick #3 will be up next week.
As always! Thanks for reading!
ps – for those of you who are interested, this was tracked entirely on my iPhone using JamUpPro and a Line 6 Sonic Port.
p.s.s. – If you like this idea you may dig my Pentatonic Visualization Book!