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Stormy Monday is still a 12 bar blues at As far as technical difficulty is concerned, a few phrases of your own.

Playing is still a
heart and from a soloist's point of view can there are no hidden dangers lurking within great deal of trial and error and I've ne\·er
still be treated fairly normally. It's just that the bars of this solo (taken, incidentally from heard anyone play a solo which really moved
you have to pay greater than normal the excellent Filmore album and played me using a slide rule, a compass and a Swiss
attention to 'targeting' certain notes at originally by Dickie Betts) which are going to Army knife!
certain times. leap out and give you trouble. The tempo is On the GT CD there are two backing tracks
Our key is G and our choice of scale is, not quite easy going with nothing too fast to - one for you to practise the solo and one
surprisingly, the G pentatonic/blues scale: cause trouble, either. where I hope you'll try out the wall-to-wall
As is often the case with these columns, the chord accompaniment. There is an
G Dp~D F G major lesson to master is one of pace, note unbelievable amount to learn here and no
l J3i3 't !J7 choice and phrasing - three of the hardest matter how long you've been playing or
things to learn. But instead of asking yourself where you believe yourself to be headed as a
I know that looks like there are more than why it was that Dickie Betts chose to play a guitarist, you would be doing yourself a lot of
five notes in there - the 3rds and Sths are D~ over a B~m7 chord in bar 8, it would be good if you were to try this blues on for size!
sort of either/or and so this 'hybrid' scale still better to listen to the effect it has within the
qualifies as pentatonic! context of the blues and try and work it in to See you next month. GT

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