Playing Rating: Intermediate to Advanced

Example 1

This example begins with a minor 3rd bend from the 5th of A (E) to the b7 (G) with a passing tone (Eb) occurring on the 4th beat of the quintuplet in bar 1. The lick develops into a succession of pull offs utilising the 3rd, 2nd, and, 1st, open strings yielding G (b7), B (9th) and E (5th) relating to the A mixolydian. In bar 5 the mixolydian sound continues with passing tone interjections between the b7 (G) on beat 2 and the 5th (E) played on the last note of beat 3, ending with a b3 to major 3rd slide on the 4th beat where a 1st inversion major triad is outlined followed by a bend from the b7 (G) to the root note (A) further emphasising the mixolydian.

Example 1

Example 2

Here, two notes are played simultaneously as one finger holds a note and the other bends up to it, reinforcing the step motion from the 9th (B), major 3rd (C#), fourth (D), fifth (E), and sixth (F#) of A. The bends become progressively more vigorous as they ascend building tension, which is dissipated with the bluesy mixolydian lick, played on beat 3 of bar 4 with the classic sounding b3 to major 3rd approach and the tritone interval of major 3rd to b7 (C#) to (G) on the last beat.

Example 2

Example 3

The 9th (B) of A is emphasised with the root (A) bent up a tone in quick succession using the quaver note triplet rhythm. On the second half of beat 2 in bar 2 the A is gradually bent up a major 3rd (C#) and back down followed by a fiery passage consisting of sextuplet figures repeating integral notes of the A mixolydian, 9th (B), root (A), b7 (G) and the 6th (F#).

Example 3