Jeff Beck Style
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Lesson Jam Track
Storm: Hi everyone. Heading down the home
stretch of the Jeff Beck Guitar Style series tonight. Go ahead and load up the looping jam
track. Tonight's licks take place over this repeating
A similar sound to today's techno/industrial music. This is in the style of
Jeff's last couple of CD's. It could be looked at as outlining a Bm7
chord, in notes. If you want a chord to strum try this.
Storm: Of course, the tried and true Minor
Pentatonic is a fundamental scale for our soloing.
We'll try and give a few twist and turns on this basic idea, ala
Jeff. First, a few double stops out of the
This lick uses 'fourth intervals'. Very angular sounding and a Beck
favorite. Beck plays finger style. The video is of the right hand to get
the staccato sound of the lick.
Kent: Without a
Storm: Just thumb and
fingers. I played a lot of tonight's examples
with a pick and aggressive muting in the left hand. Last week's examples were
all fingerstyle. Sometimes pick and fingers together.
Beck says he will sometimes return to the pick if his fingers are particularly
chewed up while on tour. But prefers fingerstyle for speed and
he not use his fingernails?
Storm: A bit of the nail. And some honkin'
calluses. This riff is using the bar to give the
impression of a slide guitar.
This lick uses the bar again. Jeff's 'double dips'. To get a familiar Beck sound hit and
note and depress the bar quickly two times. In the example I then pull-off to
another note of the pentatonic scale.
This next lick is another typical Beck tweak bending to a theoretically 'wrong
note'. The major 7th degree over a minor 7
chord. But when you know all the right notes sometimes a 'wrong' note is a nice
curve to throw the listener. Try resolving these outside notes with a
typical blues lick.
This is another Beckism. A sixteenth note lick with a repeating pedal tone.
Changing the first note of each four.
Storm: Here is another Beck phrase. Again
sixteenth notes this time alternating with a bend every other beat.
Adding in the right hand on the neck in the next lick.
Bending the 9th fret up a whole step then, while bent, tapping the 14th
fret. Pull back off to the left hand and
release the bend a half step to add a 'melodic bend'. These repeating 'vamps' or
progressions give the soloist a lot of room to go outside. Room Beck usually exploits to the
one is tough!
Storm: The last lick is a repeating left hand
figure ascending on the 2nd string. Some outside notes but it all matters
where you end. Beck to me sometimes sounds like a
freight train running almost out of control but always holding to the
track. Speaking of getting outside, sometimes
Jeff will go Middle or Far East sounding. Here is a favorite scale to get that
Storm: And our last riff, using notes from that
The video for the previous lick with all the left hand
legato. This stays again all on the 2nd string. A combination of hammer, pulls and
slides in the left hand. Only the first note is picked.
Storm: I dip the vibrato bar on each slide for
even more 'Eastern' effect. The 'V' denotes a whammy bar
Storm: Z'alright. Any last questions? I have to
get running tonight.
Steve-o: Thank you. I really enjoyed the
Once again, great lesson
Storm: Have fun and walk on the wild side on
this one. Have a great
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