Jeff Beck's Galloping Rhythm

Learn how to get a heavy, galloping sound on power chords, a la Jeff Beck's classic tune, “What Mama Said."
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This is a great way to get a heavy, galloping sound on power chords, inspired by the bitchin’ Beck tune “What Mama Said.” The trick is to use hybrid picking or the Becktastic fingers-only method. Palm-mute the A and hammered D notes to make them thumpier, and snap the double-stops with your plucking fingers. Let all the notes in the last two beats ring together. Did y’all hear?

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Chromatic Climber

Need a fun, easy A7 vamp or maybe a slippery means of navigating the V chord of a blues in D? Well, in that case you’re gonna love this. Hit the three open strings, hammer the G# chord, slide into the A chord, and repeat—except that moving forward you hammer and slide different inversions of the G# and A. The open strings let you make the position shifts really fast.

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Four Against Three

One of the many great licks I’ve stolen from Jude Gold over the years, this one takes a butt-simple four-note figure and makes it extraordinary by playing it in triplets. Slide between the Bb and the B and slide into that last high bend with reckless abandon.

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