Last month Justin Derrico showed us
some ways to take a solo outside, and this time he’s getting
even further out, as evidenced by Ex. 1. “This is something I
might play over C7, and it’s basically a diminished scale,” he
says as he plays A, C, Eb, and Gb. “What I’m doing is taking
each of those notes, and stacking fourths on top of them
and playing them with hybrid picking.” The last two sets of
fourths don’t strictly follow the diminished scale, but they
set up the bluesy lick that he uses to come back to reality.
“Another thing I’ll do over a dominant
chord,” he says, “is play pentatonics but
slide up a half-step and then back.” He then
plays Ex. 2, a deceptively difficult-sounding
passage. “Over a minor chord, I’ll do the
same thing but slide down a half-step,” he
says while blazing through.
To get just a little crazier, Derrico dishes
this last nugget in Ex. 4: “Over Cm, you can
play a melodic minor scale starting a halfstep
up from the 5, so in this case that would
be G# melodic minor [enharmonically in Ab:
Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, F, G]. I try to find things
that are simple and get as much mileage
out of them as I can. As long as you don’t
stay outside too long, you bring it back, and
you’re confident about it, it sounds great.”
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