This is a continuation of last week’s lesson here.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on:
Sometimes when the harmony of a song shifts around, the best role to take is a ‘common denominator’ approach which uses notes that are common to the different chords. It also means you create a hook for listeners to latch onto. So with this example, we’ve used just three notes (A Bb and B) played in octaves with a Ronny-styled rhythm to ‘glue’ the chords changes together. To add a little spice, the move up from the A note to either a Bb or B occurs just after the chord change the new note relates to.
Here a funky unison line shows how space and note placement can transform a simple minor chord backing into something with much more street cred. Don’t overlook the slinky slides into notes as these give some attitude.
Here is a pretty simple I-VI-II-V progression that has a syncopated rhythm with what Ronny might play over it. Even though it’s limited to the middle of the fretboard (9th to 15th frets), his chord voicings, melodic fills, and rhythmic placement make for a challenging guitar part. Get this under your fingers through slow and careful practice.
As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!
Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!
Watch the video:
Play along with the backing track:
Go to 1:34 to start at the backing track for these riffs: