BY STEVE TROVATO
WHEN I STARTED PLAYING COUNTRY
guitar, I used the major pentatonic scale as
the basic sound. I played it over every chord
in a country progression. When I learned
about arpeggios, I began to see that I could
play chord tones to better define and outline
Here’s a rippin’ country solo that is played
over an eight-bar progression in the key of A.
Check it out. It’s played in the second position.
It’s a two-bar arpeggio riff that uses the
open-E string as a pedal tone. I outline each
chord by using arpeggio notes. To do this, I
set up the phrase and continue it over each
chord in the progression. When the chords
move, I change only the necessary notes to
best match the chord tones. The second
ending is a classic twang chicken-pickin’
lick mixing the major and minor pentatonic
scales. Try it with a compressor and some
overdrive. Use alternate picking and watch
the left-hand fingerings. You know the drill:
Practice slowly until you master it. This riff
is a surefire crowd pleaser!
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