Here’s a tasty solo that will help you get out of your Minor key rut, with a backing in the key of D Major using the chords D, Cadd9, and G.
This section using the D Major Pentatonic exclusively. Nothing tricky here, but a nice introduction to the scale.
This is where it gets really interesting. The notes of the first 3 beats of bar 4 use Hybrid Picking, alternating between the pick and middle finger. This is a classic Country and Southern Rock trick. Click here for a more in-depth dive into this technique. Most of the notes in bar 4 are based on the D Major Pentatonic, but from the triplet (end of beat 3) to the end of the bar, the notes are from the Mixolydian Mode, with a rogue Chromatic note (the very last note of bar 4). Bar 5 has some Mixolydian Mode and Chromatic notes, but most interesting is the Major 7th arpeggio played at beat 3.
The bends here are quite unique, in that you must slide up and release the bend at the same time, which gives a very cool effect. The bends are Chromatic. The last 3 beats of bar 7 can be viewed as notes from the Minor Pentatonic Scale.
What Southern Rock solo is complete without a Country-style bend? This bend uses the notes of the Mixolydian Mode, and so do the notes that follow throughout that bar. Bar 9 then goes back to the D Major Pentatonic, ending with a decidedly Mixolydian Mode flavour on the last beat of the bar.
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!