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Guitarists Influenced By Hendrix I
What you learn: Frank Marino Style - Part 2
Teacher: Michael Johnson

Michael: This interactive lesson continues our series on Guitarists Influenced by Hendrix. This lesson focuses on the style of Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush. Frank would take the Hendrix sound, but would use more attack in his picking style. You can hear an example of the style of licks he used in the lesson sample: 

Lesson Sample

Michael: Our first lick plays over several chord changes, while you shift the scales and chords as the progression changes, here's the lick:

Lick 1

Michael: Let me break this lick down into sections, the first part of the lick starts in the F# Minor Pentatonic pattern, then you move up to the A Minor Pentatonic, and then follows the chords of the progression C, B, D, Db towards the end. Here's the scale and chord patterns.

Michael: See how we follow the patterns of both the F# and A scales and then the C, B, D, Db chords. Here's a jam track for you to play over:

Looping Jam Track 1

Michael: If you have problems playing the licks at first, try playing just the scale and chord patterns over the jam track so you can visualize the series licks now after looking at the patterns and then hearing the jam track. This is a great exercise, listen to any song and try to practice scales as the progression plays, the first thing to try is:

1. Find the root note of each chord
2. Try to find if a scale fits over the chords
3. Try playing licks using the scale patterns

Michael: This is tricky but you will learn to sound like a pro 8-) OK, let's jump to our next lick.

Lick 2

Michael: Now you play licks over the F#.

fabian: Can you make a chord out of a scale?

Michael: Sure, in fact you are playing double notes which are various 3rd intervals of the F# scale you start with hammer-ons using your 1st and 3rd fingers and then jump to a lick using the lower notes of the F# Minor Pentatonic. Try practicing over this jam track.

Looping Jam Track 2

Michael: You can see the intervals used in the highlighted notes.

Michael: Notice you are using the b5 and and 6th notes at times, let's move to the next lick.

Lick 3

Michael: Now we jump to the E Minor pentatonic using box 1 and 2, here's the patterns.

Michael: Now this should give you an idea of where the lick is played as far as the scale structure, here's the jam track for this section.

Looping Jam Track 3

Michael: OK, here's the next lick

Lick 4

Michael: This lick we shift to the octave of the E Minor Pentatonic scale pattern, but first you play unison notes starting on the D and descend chromatically and then jump into the E Minor Pentatonic scale pattern on the 12th fret. Now the "unison bends" can be a little tough, you anchor your 1st finger on the 1st string and then bend the note on the 2nd string to match the sound of the note on the 1st string, it takes some practice!

Michael: Here's the jam track:

Looping Jam Track 4

Michael: Here's the next lick:

Lick 5

Michael: This lick uses all octaves for the first part of the lick, now you're actually using the E minor pentatonic scale played in octaves, this tab will help illustrate how the scale and octaves work together.

fabian: Now I see how it works!

Michael: Yes, you use this pattern to make up a melody, try playing the scale and licks over this jam track.

Looping Jam Track 5

Michael: You can make up your own licks as well, here's the last lick.

Lick 6

Michael: We jump into the A minor pentatonic, in this lick you start in Box 2 of the A and then back into Box 1:

Michael: This should help you visualize how the lick works with the last lick, here's the jam track for this section.

Looping Jam Track 6

Michael: Now once you learn all the transitions you can practice the licks, scales and chords over this jam track:

Looping Jam Track - All

Well it's time to go, I hope you enjoyed the lesson, see you next week!

Stratman: good lesson


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