Smooth Jazz of the 90's

by Guido Bungenstock

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  • Hi Guys,

    Welcome to my lesson No. 40

    This lesson is about "Smooth Jazz" and focus on groovy and laid back playing with some bluesy elements.
    Guitar players like Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Pat Metheny, George Benson and many more are famous for this kind of music.

    My song has 4 parts with three different guitar styles.
    In the Intro & Outro I played a single note guitars with minimalistic phrases. The muted techniques I discussed in detail im my previous "Nile Rodgers" lesson.

    The VERS has the same chords underneath with some jazzy "George Benson"-Licks.

    The BRIDGE is played with some overdrive over interesting chord changes that creates cool modulations.

    THE CHORUS has the same chords like INTRO/OUTRO and focus on legato lines that could be played from a sax players as well.

    Keep groovin! ;-)

    Cheers Guido

    INTRO 0:07-0:22
    | Em79 | A/B | Em79 | A/B B7 B7#5 |

    VERS 0:23-0:53
    | Em79 | A/B | Em79 | A/B B7 B7#5 |
    | Em79 | A/B | Em79 | A/B B7 B7#5 |

    BRIDGE 0:54-1:23
    | CMaj7| B7#5 | Gm79 | B7b5 |
    | BbMaj7 A7#5 | Ab7/13 | Am7/11 | C/D |

    CHORUS 1:24-1:54
    | Em79 | A/B | Em79 | A/B B7 B7#5 |
    | Em79 | A/B | Em79 | A/B B7 B7#5 |

    OUTRO 1:55-2:09
    | Em79 | A/B | Em79 | A/B B7 B7#5 |

    Final words

    I tried to transcribe as close as possible. Specially in the Guitar Pro 5 you'll find all this little extras!

    Cheers - Guido

    Technical specifications
    Guitar: Music Man Luke II
    Strings: D'Addario NYXL 009
    Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire PRO 24
    Recording SW: Logic 10, several plugins
    Amp(Only for Monitor): Peavey JSX Top with Marshall 2x12" V30

    Kemper Profiling Amp: Dr. S Maze (Rhythm) & Diesel V4 (Solos)

    These profiles aer available for purchase here:

    Standard tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E
    Tempo: 63 BPM

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