Keith Scott Style (Bryan Adams)

by Guido Bungenstock

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  • Hi guys!

    Welcome to my new beginner lesson in the style of Keith Scott (Bryan Adams) and typical mainstream rock guitar work.

    Keith Scott is known of his melodic Blues soloing and great Rhythm guitar work as well. So I made a tune that has similar elements of "Summer of 69".

    The lesson has 4 parts and focus on tight rhythm playing using power chords and easy melodic soloing in the Key of D Major and B Minor.

    Here are the changes for each part:

    A Part 0:00-0:19
    D5 A5 | B5 Gsus2 G5 |
    D5 A5 | B5 Gsus2 G5 |
    D5 A5 | B5 Gsus2 D/F# |
    A | A/D A A/D A |

    B Part 0:20-0:35
    ||: D | % | A | % :||

    C Part0:36-0:51
    |Bm | A | E-7 | G |
    |Bm | A | E-7 D/F# G | A |

    A Part 0:52-1:12
    D5 A5 | B5 Gsus2 G5 |
    D5 A5 | B5 Gsus2 G5 |
    D5 A5 | B5 Gsus2 D/F# |
    A | A/D A A/D A |

    The A Part features tight rhythm power chords playing with some nice 8th off-beat accents.

    Then the solo is played over the B, C section and again the A section using simple and short rock & blues melodies that can be heard on many mainstream rock tunes as well. All these licks are easy to learn and can be used in many musical situations. The whole solo is all about question and answer here! I start with a short lick and answer with another short lick. Sounds like a small conversation.

    Final words
    The most important thing here is precise bending, vibrato and timing. You'll find out too that I often played the exact off-beat accents that the rhythm guitar does too. This way the licks are better connected to the backing track.

    I tried to transcribe as close as possible. Specially in the Guitar Pro 5 you'll find all these little extras!
    Have fun with it!

    Cheers - Guido

    Technical specifications
    Guitar: Music Man Luke II
    Strings: D'Addario EXL 120
    Recording Amp: Kemper Amp (Marshall Profile)

    Amp (Only for monitoring): Peavey JSX Top with Marshall 2x12" V30

    Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire PRO 24
    Recording SW: Logic 9, several plugins

    Standard tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E

    Tempo: 120 BPM

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