Peter Frampton Style Lesson

by Henry Dietzel

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  • Hello all you GMCer's - today's lesson will cover the style of Peter Frampton.

    Peter Frampton is best known for his solo work in the mid 70's. Many know him as "the guy with the talking guitar". He was able to generate this effect using a talkbox and it can be heard on his album Frampton Comes Alive. If you have not heard it yet, check out the track 'Do you feel like I do'. Today we will explore some tasty licks in the style of Peter but without using the talkbox.

    Throughout this lesson you will use the same techniques over and over to help learn them and get comfortable using them. We will use mostly downstrokes with some alternate picking. The chords I have chosen for the backing track are E-G-D-A. Every other time I add A-G to the end of these four chords as you will hear. The song is in the key of E, basic 4/4 time and I am playing it at 110bpm. Thanks to Juan M Valero's excellent tutorial I am able to provide you with diagrams using exploring guitar... Thanks again Juan. The two scales we will be using are the E pentatonic blues scale and the E melodic minor (descending). For those not familiar with the E pentatonic blues it is almost the same as the E pentatonic minor scale you are just adding the Bb (see below in red). If studying these entire sections is too much, break them in halves. Remember, take it slow, be clean and precise.

    These are the techniques we'll be working on

    - slide into from below
    - slide into from above
    - bend release bend
    - vibrato
    - hammer-on
    - pull-off
    - bend
    - pre bend the note
    - bend release
    - trill

    Good luck & have fun!

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