Playing Rating: Intermediate

Example 1

This example begins with a repetitive bending figure borrowing from the minor pentatonic which moves into the mixolydian mode in the last bar with the addition of the major 3rd and b7. The example should be played aggressively but with control making sure not to overbend.

Example 1

Example 2

Here is a classic Jeff Beck lick whereby the b3 moves to the major 3rd to the 5th in quick succession repetitively, a good example of this type of lick would be the Led Boots solo from Wired. Watch out for the quick slide to bend on the second half of beat 4 in bar 2, make sure it is smooth and accurate.

Example 2

Example 3

This lick demonstrates the way Beck effortlessly blends his great blues playing with the addition of the major 3rd and b7 to imply the mixolydian/dominant scale, his use of repetitive figures help build tension and excitement in his solos.

Example 3

Example 4

This example further illustrates the use of the minor pentatonic and mixolydian with the technical characteristics of Beck’s playing such as slides and fierce bends.

Example 4