Paul Jackson Jr., Steve Cropper, Nile Rodgers, Tommy Tedesco, Steve Stevens, Jimmy Page, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Larry Carlton, James Burton, Lee Ritenour, Dann Huff, Michael Thompson, Buzz Feiten, Jeff Beck, session guitar, session guitaristsby Guido Bungenstock
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I always loved this cool mixture of pop, jazz, fusion and rock of the mid 80's. Musicians who made this style popular were living legends like Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon, David Garfield, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Lee Ritenour, Grover Washington Jr. etc. just to name a few. In this lesson we are going to focus on two different things here.
Groovy 16ths single note rhythms
Guitar player Paul Jackson Jr., who played on 1000's(!!!) of records is a true master of this cool technique. The trick here is to think more like a percussionist (shaker) or drummer( hi hats) to imitate a groovy rhythm instrument with just a few single notes and supporting the rest of the funky band. The most funky rhythms are based on 1 or 2 bar repeating pattern with some variations at the end of each pattern. Of course the dynamic is a really important thing here and also these dead notes and the palm muted notes create a groovy pattern. Some dead notes are subtle and played very soft but there still are there and very important! This technique is a really good exercises to improve your timing!
Melodic guitar solo with some jazzy lines
The guitar solo here is in the Style of Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour and has a rock tone but with some nice jazz lines because I used some jazz scales, like altered scale, mixolydian etc. There are some small modulation too and of course I had to change the scales too a bit. So this is another good example how different scales can be connected in a MELODIC sense!
Then we have some small rocky guitar fills in the short interlude using the whammy bar and wide bending.