“YOU PICK UP SOMETHING from
everybody you’re around, and that’s probably
the coolest thing about this tour. I get to
watch these guys and try to soak in their
amazing abilities.” So says Jonny Lang on
the subject of being on the Experience Hendrix
tour, where he shares the bill with Eric
Johnson, Joe Satriani, Brad Whitford, Kenny
Wayne Shepherd, and others. Lang was cool enough to demo his gear for GP and show
some of his playing techniques, including
the Hendrix-y morsel here.
This is loosely based on the tune “May
This Be Love” off Hendrix’s stunning debut.
It’s a free-form E Mixolydian canvas that drifts
between E and Amaj7 chords. The trick is to
keep bouncing off the open E and A strings.
Lang starts in the lower register with an
open low E with a B over it. Use a pinching
fingerstyle technique to strike both strings
simultaneously (a hybrid, pick-and-fingers
approach will also work). When it comes
time for the A chord, notice how Lang recycles
the same ascending line on the D string.
This lends a nice continuity to the part, but
the G# now adds a complex major 7 sound.
The lines are simple, but the low strings
underneath give the phrases an open, spacious
vibe. Also, the way he bends the upper
pitches against the bass notes provides a
super-cool tension and release, although these
will get sour on a floating-whammy guitar.
When we get back to E in bar 4, Lang
starts exploring the upper register. Check
out how the fairly “normal” E major pentatonic
licks take on a new dimension when
he combines them with the pedaling low
note. After flirting with Amaj7, he goes into
E minor pentatonic before a righteous Bbdim
run that slides up to the V (B), and then back
This lesson was transcribed with a Godin Freeway
SA guitar, a Roland GI-20 MIDI interface,
and Sibelius software.
(The musical examples in this lesson are at the very end of this video.)
Mitchell Guitars Unveils Their TB Series of Basses
International Society of Bassists Announces Headliners For ISB 2017
Rainbow Bar and Grill Patio Dubbed "Lemmy's Lounge" in Memory of Lemmy Kilmister
Vienna Symphonic Library Releases Historic Winds I & II
This Week in Free Stuff: Samples and Ableton Live Projects
IK Multimedia and Fender Announce Fender Collection 2 for AmpliTube - Mac/PC
Weekend Chops Builder: 150 MORE Standards Everyone Should Know
Cat Scratch Fever: 2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe
Daniel Lanois’ Obsessions: Pedal Steels, Motorcycles, and Recording Tech
The Ultimate Sustain Contest: The Gibson Les Paul vs. All Challengers
Psychostick Premiere Christmas Parody of System of a Down's "B.Y.O.B."
Interview: Trivium's Matt Heafy on Old Ozzfests, Meeting Corey Taylor, Upcoming Plans, and More
New Issue Preview: Revolver December 2016
"Billy Jean" Gets the Percussive Fingerstyle Treatment
Master Sweeping by Learning the Rest Stroke
Keep It Dry: Graph Tech Introduces Dry and Glide Talc Formula for Musicians' Hands
Copyright ©2016 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470