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Danny Gatton – Pretty Blue

Danny Gatton guitar .pdf

First transcription done with the new Guitar Pro 6
Sorry about the lighting/resolution in these videos – I’m still learning! It’s clear enough, so enjoy and let me know what you think.

Johnny Smith intro to Little Girl Blue

Here’s the link for the .pdf!

Modern Bebop lick in C

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A new way to learn all the shapes of an arpeggio, scale or riff

Do you really want to learn your guitar? Here’s an important piece of the puzzle. Here’s a different way to exhaust all your possibilities for whatever it is you’re trying to learn. Check out my example for minor arpeggios.

Chromatic minor arpeggios in the 5th position

Jazz lick in C

For this lick, I decided to play it with all 8th notes, except for the triplet near the end. Since it’s a jazz lick, try
to “swing” the rhythm. What I mean is that when you play a pair of 8th notes, you would play the 1st one slightly longer,
and the second one slightly shorter.So,if you play 8-8th notes in a row, the sequence would be long-short-long-short-long-short-long-short.

First, I start the lick with a pick up note (the E) that anticipates the downbeat of the first full measure by an eighth
note. In the first measure, I start with an F triad (F-A-C) that is also the upper part of a Dm7 arpeggio (D-F-A-C).
Then, I move that shape up a whole step to make it an Em7 arpeggio, which is also in the key of C. Try sliding
from the C on the 3rd string to the D, I think you’ll like it!

On the G7b(9), I play a full octave diminished arpeggio starting on an F. This a very common technique in jazz, since the
notes of the diminished arpeggio outline a G7b9 chord. I’ll lay it out here:

        1 3 5 b7 b9

G7b9 G B D F Ab

        1 b3 b5 bb7

F dim F Ab Cb(B) Ebb(D)

****note: this arpeggio can also be named Ab dim, Cb(B) dim, or D dim. This is because a diminished chord is made up of notes that are all 1-1/2 steps (minor 3rd) apart. Another factor is that you can evenly divide an octave into 4 1-1/2 step chunks. Use the formula I listed above and work it out. If you have any questions, let me know.

The next thing that happens is that I use an “encircling” pattern that ends on the E natural, the 3rd of the C chord.
This is also a very common move in jazz, playing 4-2-b3-natural 3 on a major chord.

The lick ends with a short line over the C chord. Some points of interest are that I used intervals of a 4th and 5th to
give the line a little more space, and that I ended on a #11.

Enjoy, and as always, if you have any questions – drop me a line.


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