Looping Track 1
(Bass + Drums only)
Teacher: Candlebox burst out of Seattle in 1993
with their self-titled debut album. Featuring Peter Klett on guitars, their
style fell somewhere between all the bands we have looked at. They had the metal
influences of Alice in Chains, the grunge of Nirvana and a dash of Red Hot Chili
Teacher: There is some good
guitar work on their first CD. Grab the Les Paul and let the Marshalls and Mesas
crank for tonights licks. A wah is useful too.
Teacher: Tonights riffs
are in 6/8 time signature. Best counted 1-2-3,4-5-6. The main key center is B
Teacher: The 'x' notes represent 'muted' notes.
Slightly lift the pressure off the string to get more of a 'click' than a note.
Common in funk styles.
Teacher: Here are a couple
of nice Bm7 voicings that work well as a 'pad' to these
Teacher: Here is a variation on the original
6/8 time is best handled with downstrokes on the count. You can hear the drums
outlining this count with the high hat. Upstrokes for the off beat
trying... do you have an example?
Teacher: The first lick for example. Pick down up
up for the first half and all down for the notes in the 2nd half. Along the 2nd
Teacher: Try variations with this scale, the
Dorian Mode. A nice fit for a groovy minor 7 chord
Here is an like idea further up the
Notice the mix of lead and rhythm. Being the only guitar player, Klett fills in
the classic Hendrix tradition. The thumb for the bass note keeps the left hand
in a familiar 'lead' position
Teacher: This pentatonic pattern fits nicely
around the chord
Teacher: Here is another similar
Teacher: For the next section we add two new
chords, G5 and A, and simplify the Bm7 to a B5 chord for a heavier
Teacher: The added G chord now implies the darker
sounding Aeolian Mode. Also called the Natural Minor
Here is a popular alternative to thick rhythm parts without more chords. Use
This lick traces the chords by keeping the octave notes on a note contained
within the chord. Experiment with this pattern.
scale in octaves
Teacher: One or two more licks. Real
An nice repeating whole step bend off the root note up to the '2nd'. Then a
melodic bend at the end where we bend up 1 1/2 steps to the minor
Teacher: With wah and
Teacher: A similar idea
I hope you enjoyed this Seattle Grunge series. Please feel free to contact me with with your questions,
suggestions and private lesson requests. Rock on!