Playing Rating: Intermediate

Example 1

The first bar of this example begins with a linear run up the Aeolian starting on the 5th degree of the scale (E), followed by a repetitive figure that emphasises the b6 which in this case is (F), the 5th (E) and 4th (D). The b6 is further developed in the next bar, and in bar 4 a very typical Howe nuance whereby chromatics are executed with hammer ons, this is a kind of jazz technique and it is interesting to note that Howe was instrumental in pushing further the standard of rock guitar playing by introducing jazz and classical techniques into the rock idiom. Be sure to play the chromatic hammer ons evenly, it is very easy to rush hammer ons and they can consequently sound messy so as always, slowly first.

Example 1

Example 2

This example demonstrates the arpeggio like playing Howe often uses, it begins with a descending A minor triad arpeggiated and continues with G major, F major, E minor, and D minor, all these arpeggios outline chords belonging to the A Aeolian. In bar 2 the same arpeggios are played ascending followed by sequenced D and E minor arpeggios in bar 3, and in bar 4 the same descending arpeggios found in bar 1 except played an octave higher. These arpeggios are to be played at a moderate speed but still may present a challenge if you are not used to playing them, try them at around 70 bpm and increase as you gain confidence, also note where the accents are as they are emphasised in irregular places.

Example 2

Example 3

Example 3 begins with an A minor7 arpeggio with passing reference to the 9th (B) on beat 2 and a triplet figure whereby the b7 (G) slides down to the b6 (F). In bar 2 another triplet figure with the b6 descending to the 5th.

Example 3