Another great solo from the In Rock album by Ritchie Blackmore. Ritchie hardly uses any Rock and Blues clichés here, having bags of creativity on all this album’s solos. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s going on:
An exotic-sounding Minor scale is used here, containing the flat 5th and major 6th interval. Note the notes with the dot above them in the notation; these are played with staccato.
Ritchie adds the 2nd and flat 2nd interval of the minor scale within this one bar. This, combined with the staccato, makes for an interesting lick.
You’ll need a decent alternate picking technique to make this sound convincing, especially with the sextuplet at the last beat of Bar 6. Note the staccato open B string note and the pronounced slides towards the 12th fret. The scale used here is basically the Dorian Mode.
Lots of staccato here. Note how this sharp, aggressive way of playing notes makes simply descending the scale (Dorian Mode with the flat 5th blues note thrown in) more interesting and have so much more attitude!
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!