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Riffs You can Use - Part 13
Lyle: Don't be frightened or put off by the
"disco" beat or the "hip hop" beat of the jam track. It doesn't mean we can't
jeremy: I'm not
Lyle: Here's the rhythm riff. It's in the style
of Zakk Wylde from Ozzy's band and BLS:
Learn that rhythm riff and play it over and over with the jam
the jam track, there is no chord being played, so you can play any scale you
Lyle: Just a constant A note is being played by
Lyle: The scale I used is called a Phrygian
Dominant scale. It is the seventh mode in the jazz melodic minor scale:
Using this scale helps you play sounds that aren't found in the everyday minor
pentatonic scale you might be used to using.
I'll show you the same scale laid out on the 1st string:
Here's a riff I made from the single string pattern:
Watch this video to see and hear how it's meant to be
The next riff has a technique I think I stole from the late, great, Frank Zappa.
I must have seen him doing this once long ago. Take the edge of your pick and
hammer-on and pull-off kind of, while you change the notes with your left
Lyle: Here's the basic tab of the
Here's the video. I keep my pick hitting the 18th fret, while my left hand moves
dfown the scale:
Besides improvising by playing some exotic scale, you should always revert back
to a simple blues scale to make it all sound ..."right".
the next riff, notice I use the A minor blues scale, then end on the A note to
resolve the whole sound of it.
PhilP: I didn't
know Zappa invented that technique
jeremy: it sounds eerie with the jam
Lyle: I didn't say he invented it, but I learned
it from seeing him do it.
Lyle: I've seen Steve Vai and Joe Satriani do it
many times, but before that, I saw Zappa do it.
Probably some old blues player did it back in the 40's.
you happen know what song it was?
Lyle: No, I don't
Lyle: That's all for this installment of Riffs
You Can Use...and abuse. Next week I'll dig up some more
Lyle: You're welcome!
Lyle: Have a great week, and see you next
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