By learning this solo you will master a lot of country guitar’s signature techniques, such as open string licks, double stops, hybrid picking, and combining different scales. Plus you will add four great-sounding licks to your vocabulary. Let’s play!
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The solo starts with an open string lick in G (bar 1 – 2). In this phrase, I replaced fretted notes through open strings wherever possible. You’ll get a cascading effect reminiscent of Brent Mason’s guitar style.
I am playing hybrid picking this part, just trying to avoid plucking two adjacent 16th notes with the same picking motion or right-hand finger.
In bars three and four the progression moves on to C, where I play a phrase in the style of Albert Lee. The notes are taken from the C-Mixolydian scale with the added blue notes (b5 and b3) of the Blues scale.
Try to see the double stops around your pattern G and pattern C C7 chords.
Measures five and six are played over a G chord. Here I take my pattern D G7 voicing and bend the D on the G-string up to ‘E’. You get a G13 sound.
The solo ends with a run in the style of Johnny Hiland over a D chord. (bars 7/ 8).
Here the D major pentatonic is enhanced by the use of chromatic passing tones.
Have fun! Lars.
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