Jeff Beck Style|
|What you learn:
Lesson 2 Sample
Storm: More Jeff Beck style
tonight. We'll use the key of
A tonight. A lot of possible scale choices as Beck might
use. The backing track is laying down an
Asus2 chord for the first 2 bars. Then a D/F# chord, to G in the 3rd
Here comes the tab. Final bar - D/F#, G back to
Asus. The suspended chord, sus for short,
lacks the '3rd' to determine if it is major or minor. Here are a few other possible chords
with a similar sound with the same A root note I might choose in a Beck/fusion
Storm: So A is our key note for the progression
but for the first 2 bars it is very open as to the what notes are in
play. Beck loves to takes advantage of this. A
first possible choice might be the scale we looked at last week, the Mixolydian
This scale fits the other two chords in the progression, so is a good choice to
start, particularly over the D to G
change. The opening lick in the sample uses a
tax: You mean
the sample at the beginning of the
Storm: Yep. Here's the video of the volume swell
Storm: Another lick using a similar idea.
Pull-off moving though the Mixolydian.
A couple of other 'major' sounding scales Beck might use. First the 'Major
Scale'. Makes sense, right!
Storm: This next lick is out of the major
scale. Using some fancy whammy bar work that Beck
Storm: I have a video that should
explain the technique in more detail.
Storm: Essentially the first note F# at the
seventh fret is bent down with the bar to E. Keep the note at the 7th fret, use
only the bar. Then the C# note on the 3rd string, 6th
fret is bent up a 1/2 step with the bar again and
released. The 7th fret, 4th string should have
shown a pull-off to the 4th fret, too. Beck uses the bar to incredible effect.
This lick takes great control of the bar to execute consistently to pitch you
choose. Another more fusiony sounding scale over
major chords, the Lydian Mode.
Storm: The last scale is borrowed from Jeff
Beck's keyboard player. A five note pentatonic scale out of the Mixolydian
major and minor 3rd?
Storm: No minor 3rd. Mixolydian minus the 2nd
and 6th degrees. Root, 3rd, 4th, 5th and
b7th. A couple of choices with the minor 3rd
which will work.
Because the jam implies a Mixolydian mode either of these two choices will
Or can work. Might need some coaxing but a nice change of pace.
Beck would commonly mix all these into a giant melting pot of
This last lick most draws notes from the Mixolydian but adds the minor 3rd at
the end. Resolving with a half step bend back to
the major 3rd.
Storm: That's it for
tax: I'll work on these, it
will keep me busy for a while.
Storm: Great. Until next time... Have a great
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