Playing Rating: Beginner

Example 1

This lick features a number of Townshend traits particularly when he plays in this lyrical style. Bar 1 starts with a very simple line that becomes a variation as the lick progresses, using just a simple collection of notes bar 1 sets up the Lydian climate with the introduction of the characteristic quality of the #4, remember the Lydian mode is essentially a major scale with a raised 4th. In bar 3 the root note is held by the left hand and then bent down to the C# (maj 7th of D) in repeating fashion. The #4 is emphasised in bar 4 with the bends going from #4 up to the 5th and back down, the repetitive bending continues in bar 5 with F# (maj 3 of D) and G# (#4). At the end of bar 7 octaves occur and the right hand attacks the strings more aggressively, the rhythm that develops with the descending octaves in bar 8 is very characteristic of Townshend. Although Townshend is better known for his loud distorted power chords, occasionally he plays in this softer style and this is evident on tracks like Slip Kid from the album Who By Numbers or the latter part of Who Are You, from the album Who Are You.

Example 1