This week’s video is actually in the style of Alan Jackson. This singer-songwriter of traditional yet modern country is a household name to country music fans. Brent Mason has appeared on many of Alan Jackson’s albums, and has played some truly amazing solos and riffs! Without further ado, here’s a brief overview of what’s going on:
For this electric intro part pay attention to the picking instructions if you’re using hybrid technique (you’ll find ‘m’ and ‘a’ by the note in the staff above the tab). For thumbpick players, use thumb instead of pick, and fingers ‘i’ and ‘m’ in place of ‘a’ and ‘m’. Ensure bends are accurate and double-stops are played staccato (clipped).
The solo starts with an Em Pentatonic Scale bend which needs to begin on ‘4&’ of bar 1. Try using the second finger of your fretting hand for the note of A on the second string. This helps you to reach the high E note on the first string with your fourth finger.
Bars 9 to 11 feature a challenging bending lick, not only due to the necessity of bending the strings accurately, but also because of the quick fretting hand shift that’s necessary in bar 10 between the high D note (10th fret, first string) and the next high G note (15th fret, first string). This lick needs to sound flowing and continuous, so practice slowly.
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!