This tutorial is based on the wonderful Peter Green blues piece ‘Need your Love so Bad’. The exercise is designed to give you some lead guitar tricks that work with the various types of chord used in this piece. There are major, minor and diminished chords. The lead guitar closely follows these accompanying chords with various licks from the blues scale, sixth intervals and string bends.
Let’s start by looking at the chords.
The chord progression is:
(The song ‘Memory’ from the musical Cats is a popular example of this time signature.)
Each bar contains twelve evenly spaced beats. These are divided into half with an accent on the first beat of each group.
To help with the strumming and lead playing count each bar like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
The easier chord shapes are:
Alternative chords shapes are:
This lick uses the F# blues scale. It works around the notes of notes of the ‘A’ chord. Your fretting hand should be in the second position with each finger ready to play notes on consecutive frets. So your first finger ready to play any notes at the second fret, second finger ready to play notes at the third fret etc.
The ‘½’ symbol indicates a semitone (one-fret) string bend and release. Bend this note with your third finger.
Sixth intervals are used here. Fret the first note with your second finger. This finger should remain on the third string throughout the bar and form the lower note of each pair.
The fingering of this phrase is the same as the previous bar. It has just been moved higher up the fretboard to the tenth position. So, first finger ready at the seventh fret etc.
This sixth interval slides down the fretboard three frets at a time. Each time the notes in the interval can be found in the accompanying diminished (‘o’) chord.
This is the same as the first bar.
Again, this is a repeat of the previous phrase but moved up the fretboard to the seventh position.
Here the ideas from bars two and three are both used within one bar to work over the two accompanying chords that are now only a half bar each in duration.
This is the same as the first bar. However the last note has been changed to work with the final chord.
All of these licks can be moved to work over similar chords on different root-notes. For example, the first lick works on ‘A’ chord. If you move it up two frets it will work over a ‘B’ chord.
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