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British Art Rock I|
|What you learn:
King Crimson (Robert Fripp) Style|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: This interactive lesson covers the style of King Crimson. King Crimson is known for their
melodic, progressive jazz-rock style, and are similar to Genesis in many ways due
to their jazz-rock influence, Some of the most notable players
in King Crimson include Robert Fripp on guitar, Greg Lake on bass & vocals
(Emerson Lake & Palmer) who was later replaced by John Wetton (UK, Asia, Roxy
Music,). King Crimson have had many musicians who have come and go including the
legendary drummer Bill Bruford (Yes, Genesis) and Guitarist Adrian Belew (Zappa,
Bowie). Notice the three segments of music in the lesson sample, we will
break down each of these segments and cover how to play each one. First check
out the lesson sample:
Michael: Here's the first phrase.
Part 1 - Lick 1
Michael: Here's a jam track you can practice over for this
Looping Jam Track 1
Michael: Fripp has an amazing skill for
integrating various intervals, much in the way
of a horn section would be arranged, let's try this first example using 4th intervals over
the original track,
example G Major G (1), A (2), B (3), C (4), D (5), E (6) F# (7),
notice I also include Maj and Min 3rds toward the end of the lick:
Part 1 - Lick 2
Here's the jam track with the 4ths.
Looping Jam Track 1 - 4ths
Notice how the 4ths give you a horn section type feel to this phrase, now you
can do the same thing using 5th
intervals, example G Major G (1), A (2), B (3), C (4), D (5), E
(6) F# (7). I also include Major 3rds at the end of the lick.
Part 1 - Lick 3
Here's the jam track.
Jam Track 1 - 5ths
Michael: Now you can layer harmonies each phrase,
the first using the original lick, then a minor 3rd harmony, and at last we'll
add the 5th harmony.
Part 1 - Lick 4 - Harmony
Michael: Here's the
Jam Track 1 - Harmonies
Notice in the jam track you first play the original, then Min 3rd, then the 5th
is on the last phrase. Here's the tab for the 5th harmony.
Part 1 -
Lick 5 - Harmony 2
Can you think of other guitarists who layer harmonies like
Great choice Ralph! Another I thought of is Brian May
of Queen. OK now we get into a jazz type jam in the middle of this
Part 2 - Lick 1
Try this jam track, we're going to play a few licks over this
This first lick uses the Dorian mode.
Then it jumps into kind of a Harmonic minor, it's very unusual. Fripp would try
all kinds of improvising tricks, try this next lick.
To most ears his style would come off unorthodox, but that is why his style is
so cool. Now try this lick.
This lick is actually kind off hammer-on using the inside notes of a C Dorian, then
descends using the outside notes of the pattern. The last section of the
song goes to a folk type groove almost reminiscent of the Moody Blues, you can
find a few parallels between these two bands at times.
Part 3 - Lick 1
Here's the jam track:
Looping Jam Track 3
Here is all the sections of the King Crimson style song all
Jam Track 4 - All Parts
Ralph: I love the strings in jam track
Hey thanks, I'm using a MIDI system
through a Roland VG8 and Alesis S4.
Ralph: Very warm
Michael: I layer all these parts and
they come out pretty cool when it's all mixed together. Well it's time to go, see you next
strings are killing me!
Thanks, see you next lesson!
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