PERFECT COUNTRY BLUES ENDING IN E
In our ongoing tribute to Steve Trovato, we get
this killer ending. I stole this from this
month’s Reader’s Submission submitter,
Rob Michael of the Atmos Trio, who got it
from Trovato. As with a lot of these
kinds of licks, arch your frettinghand
fingers up good and high so
you don’t inadvertently deaden the
adjacent strings. In bar 1,
use a 1st finger slide to go from G to G# on beat three and hammer the C# on the and of four. A hybrid, pick-andfingers
approach works best, but this lick is possible with a flatpick or all fingers. For some
reason I always like to slap the open low E with my thumb for extra twangitude.
We detailed Green Day’s “Wake Me Up
When September Ends” arpeggios in a
previous Quick Licks installment, but you
can apply the exact same moves to other
string sets for all new sounds. Here we get a
similar trip in the key of D and then B. The
unisons created by the fretted and open
strings create natural chorusing and the
minor seconds in beat two are just plain
delicious. The chords in bar 2—the IV
and IVm—are straight out of the
Beatles/Queen playbook. Yum!
Here is a lick that works great on a minor blues turnaround. It’s kind of “out” sounding due
to both rhythm and note choice. Play this on a swing, shuffle, or any triple meter tune.
The rhythm is a four-note sequence that is played in triplets, resulting in a nice
polyrhythm. The notes are an arpeggio pattern using the Ab13#9 chord form sequenced
up in minor-3rd or three-fret intervals for the 1st measure. Move
it down a half-step before ascending in minor 3rds in the 2nd
measure and then end strategically on the 3rd of the final chord.
Like all great licks, this sounds way harder to play than it is.
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