To complete our course we will be applying all of the full scale theory we have learnt to this extremely cool, and challenging, slow minor blues. Jimmy Page is truly the master of lead dynamics, and we really go to town on it in this solo!
This track really brings together everything we love about Jimmy Page's soloing. It has dynamics, quick licks, it's 'fidgety' and yet manages to find space, and of course, it uses all of the scale shapes and bluesy ideas that we come to expect from Jimmy Page. We will not be focusing on learning the entire perfectly, It's just too difficult to get the timings exactly right. Instead, we will be learning each lick separately and you can take your favourites with you! Think of this track more as an example of how you can put all of the techniques together.
This solo is all in the key of C minor, and we are predominantly using the Pentatonic shape 1, 2 and full scale shape 1 & 2. The opening licks both use the Pentatonic shape 1, which is shown in the fretboard diagrams. Don't forget about the 'twitchy' fingers that we talk about in the video... it really adds to the Jimmy Page effect!
Lick 3 is the first time we use the full-scale shape 1, alongside the blues scale shape 1. Remember to also dynamically really attack this lick at the beginning and then gradually soften the lick towards the end. The scale shapes you are using can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
Lick 4 is where we expand on the previous lick and move across to shape 2 and then shape 3! The key element to making this work is again in the dynamics. You want to start the lick softly, then as you hit shape 3, you hit the notes more firmly. Be sure to watch this in action in the video. The scale shapes can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
Lick 5 sees us working our way down the scales, Jimmy Page style! Be sure to focus on which shapes you are using for each part of this lick. You kick off in shape 2, then down to shape 1, as shown in the fretboard diagrams. Once we get to lick 6 it's all about the aggression! Turn up the guitar and really attack those notes!
For the final two licks, we use the same shapes as before, except now in a more bluesy fashion! After all the complicated, dynamic minor licks up to this point, lick 7 feels like a really bluesy release that allows one note to just sing! We then test your legato skill with the final lick before resolving to C.
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