Playing Rating: Intermediate

Example 1

In this example the #4/b5 is added to the minor pentatonic and displaced at various points to create the wider intervallic type sound that can be heard in Verheyen’s playing.

Example 1

Example 2

Here is a straight ahead blues lick in C minor with the characteristic bends and slides found in Verheyen’s playing. The bend at the beginning of bar 3 is bent with the first finger; it is a great little bend when preceded by the bend from the fourth of the scale to the fifth as in this example.

Example 2

Example 3

Another string skipping example interspersed with slides using notes from the C minor pentatonic scale. A good album to listen to for this kind of playing is No Borders Plus.

Example 3

Example 4

This phrase uses cluster type structures whereby small intervals are played consecutively but sustained momentarily. The placement of notes here illustrates a substitution for the C minor chord vamp this lick is played over. The notes imply more of an F Dominant sound, this is created by emphasising the A natural (3rd of F) which has been added to the C minor pentatonic scale. Verheyen uses a similar type of lick in his solo for the track Wasted Blues from the album Atlas Overload.

Example 4

Example 5

This C minor pentatonic lick is manipulated to create a pattern that skips each adjacent string ascending and descending, it is a good one to practise if you are new to the string skipping technique.

Example 5

Example 6

Here’s a nice sounding wide intervallic phrase making use of angularity with the major 7th interval on beats 2 and 3 of bar 1. The G# sliding to the A natural in beat 3 is another example of the F dominant sound over C Minor.

Example 6