BY STEVE TROVATO
THIS MONTH I’D LIKE TO SHOW YOU
how to play a country jazz solo. It is a chorus
from 12-bar blues/rock shuffle that I
wrote and recorded on my first CD entitled
About Time. The song is called “D.G’s
Boogie” and was written as a tribute to the
great Danny Gatton.
It’s in the key of E and is based on a lick
that is repeated over each chord and should
be played using hybrid picking. Use your
pick for the notes on the fourth and fifth
strings and your middle and ring fingers
on strings three and two, respectively.
Begin by playing a G on the fourth string
and then sliding a half-step up to the G#.
Then play the double-stop on strings two
and three as described above. Move your
1st finger over to the fifth string, play a D#
and then slide down a half-step slide to the
D. This move is followed by once again
playing the double-stop on the second and
third strings. The contrary motion of the
slides give it a slinky, greasy vibe that
sounds and feels good.
The tricky part is that the lick sounds
off balance because it has a three-againstfour
feel. It begins on beat one and then
repeats starting on beat four. Don’t worry
though—it all comes out even at the end.
To play the lick over the IV chord, simply move the entire shape to the tenth position
and then up to the twelfth position for the
The chord riff at the end uses a shape that
moves down in a harmonized E blues scale
(the top notes, on the B string, outline the
scale). Play these chords using hybrid picking,
and to truly Gatton-ize this, try using a short
slap back delay at about 125mls.