George Benson Style

by Sinisa Cekic

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  • Hi GMC!

    This time I decided to go for the guitarist who was in many ways unsurpassed. George Benson is one of the finest guitarists and I should not spend many words introducing him. Guitarist, singer, composer, winner of numerous Grammy Awards... He plays just about any style, has a beautiful tone, great improvisational ideas, terrific speed, swings like hell and has very much his own style, although you hear where he got his initial inspirations from Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian.

    For this occasion, I composed a short Soul and Blues song, with basic progression D7M/F#m7, and using D major natural scale. The point of this simple scale is that when the emphasis is on certain tones you can get the impression that it sounds a bit jazzy in a way. On some spots, I have used so-called "Blue-note" - tones that don't belong to a certain scale, but still fit within it .

    Guitar: Paul Red Smith SE Single cut

    Equipment: Sonar8 DAW, Guitar Rig5 plugin, Addictive drums

    Tempo: 90 bpm

    Time signature: 4/4

    Chord progression: D7M/F#m7

    Scale used: D major natural scale (Ionian mode)

    Techniques: Alternate picking, slides

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