Wednesday, 27 November 2013

"Get The Funk Out" Nuno Bettencourt, Extreme (Solo Transcription - Guitar TAB & Lesson)

Get The Funk Out (Extreme)
Nuno Bettencourt 

Notes on the TAB:
-The start of Nuno's solo makes use of G minor pentatonic licks that are reminiscent of the style of Jimi Hendrix
-In measure 3 and 4, the 6-plet rhythmic value of a 4-note phrase played against a consistent 4/4 time signature creates a 4-over-6 rhythmic juxtaposition that creates syncopation. The syncopation of the phrases resolves every 2 beats.
-To heighten tension, Nuno increased the 6-plets into 32nd notes at bar 7 and 8.
-Tension released at bar 9 and 10 with the 16th note licks that mixes notes from the G Dorian and G Mixolydian modes.

Mixing notes from different scales/arpeggios are really very common in eg. Jazz. During my Jazz studies, my teachers have actually given me tasks such as, let's take the song Au Privave by Charlie Parker, for the improvised solo, I'm supposed to mix notes from the F Blues scale, F7 arpeggio and Dbmaj7(#5) arpeggio just to solo over ONE chord, the F7 chord.

So, the idea is to practice soloing using the different scales/arpeggios in isolation, and then once you are familiar with each of them individually, it's time to combine them :D :D

Notes of the Scales used in the solo~~
G minor pentatonic: G Bb C D F
G Dorian: G A Bb C D E F 
G Mixolydian: G A B C D E F

For those of you who are not familiar with the Modes of the major scale, here they are in order: 
Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian.

Thus the Dorian is the 2nd mode of the major scale & the Mixolydian the 5th mode.

To bring practice to the next level: 
-Figure out the positions of each individual scale throughout the fretboard
-Try writing your own solo lines using notes from the scale
-Try mixing notes from the different scales, in this case the major note difference would be the "B" note and "Bb" note but it is significant enough to give a colorful difference to the sound :D :D

Guitar TAB of "Get The Funk Out" solo by Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme):

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