Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 02-15-2011
Posted by Michael Mueller on February 16, 2011 at 3:21 PM
After reading Guitarist magazine's interview with Brad Paisley last week, I spent a lot of time listening to the country legend in waiting and envying those sweeter than Southern hospitality chops he possesses. I then found out that our parent company, Hal Leonard, is publishing a Brad Paisley Signature Licks book with an audio CD (written by Dave Rubin, due out later this year), and that resident GuitarInstructor ace Doug Boduch is recording the parts. I asked Doug about it, and he said plain and simple, "Brad Paisley is kicking my butt." (With his chops of doom, however, I know Doug's gonna nail it.) Anyhow, it inspired me to pick up my Tele and hit the 'shed.
So I dug out a transcription to my favorite Paisley pluck-fest, "Time Warp," from his 2005 album Time Well Wasted, and picked through a few parts. While there are tasty yet damn near impossible to play morsels spread all throughout this whirlwind, a descending legato line in his third guitar solo struck me as a cool lesson lick, as it's a pretty standard barn-burnin' country move plied not only by Paisley but also by Tele pickers like Brent Mason, Albert Lee, and Redd Volkaert, among many others, and a cool tool to have at your disposal.
The lick below is in the key of A -- A Mixolydian to be exact. In the notation, I placed a IV-I (D7-A7) progression in parentheses, to show how Paisley actually used a similar line. It's a fast-paced descending legato line with lots of pull-offs to open strings (also standard country fare). Dig the persistent minor 2nd rub of the open D and 4th-fret C# on the 5th string, while the main voice walks down F#-E-D. I've ended the line on a quarter-step bend of the low G (b7th), hitting that blue note between the flat and major 7th degree.
As always, start slowly and work your way up to that fast double-time feel. The metronome in the video clip is set at 152 bpm.
Mmm-mmm ... Biscuits 'n' gravy!