Authoritative, bossy, bendy, bluesy, bluegrassy

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  1. alanfc

    alanfc Member

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    I'm trying to get a handle on those real bossy authoritative riffs, you know what I mean?

    Full of bends and pulloffs, notes on adjacent strings, all seemingly impossibly strung together at a rapid pace. Do you know what I'm talking about ? Bluesy mainly but I think Bluegrassy too.

    Please point me to some of the Masters to listen to.

    If you know what I'm askin' ...
    I just want to feel and breathe the styles and get in their heads a little. Not purely copying licks.

    (I've come to realize that my style is SHALLOW)
    Thanks
     
  2. gennation

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    I can help you with the 'style'. Check out my Advanced Pentatonics Tutorial at my lesson site: http://lessons.mikedodge.com

    There's over 50 lessons in that one. It'll give you the tools to take it yourself and have at it.
     
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    alanfc Member

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    Fantastic ! Thank You :)
     
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    Check out Clarence White.
     
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    That pretty much covers it.

    Be safe,
    Dave
     
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    Excellent this is awesome stuff DPOTE.
     
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    very nice stuff gennation.
     
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    Bluegrass: Doc Watson, Bryan Sutton, and Kenny Smith will take your head off. Clarence White does great stuff too, but I think there's less of the "bossy authoritative" you're looking for in White's stuff...White killed at filling up space, crosspicking, that kind of thing. White's playing seems more cerebral to me.

    For authoritative electric, early SRV and his main man Lonnie Mack. LOTS of that there. Later in his career SRV took to playing more like Albert King, which is authoritative and bossy as hell, but not in the way I interpret your description.

    I wouldn't necessarily describe Albert Lee's playing as bossy and authoritarian, but for bends and pulloffs, double stops, and chicken-pickin' he flat slays. If I hadn't seen him close up, I'd swear the man has eight fingers on each hand. Brent Mason too. But you're gonna have to pay some serious practice dues if you're gonna cop licks from them.

    Brad Paisley and Vince Gill strike me as having what you're looking for in spades. They're country cats, but well schooled in the bluesy side of it.
     
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    Jimmy Herring and Blues Saraceno. Jimmy finds really interesting notes and Blues has great vibrato.
     
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    Tony Rice. Sean Watkins.
     
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    Try some Brent (or is it Brett) Mason, DANNY GATTON!!!, Johnny Hiland, +1 for Jimmy Herring, +1 for Hellacasters, maybe even some Steve Morse (Southern Steel is pretty sweet...) Sonny Landreth has some GREAT stuff on his live album!!

    Good luck....I always plug Shawn Lane too. I heard him play some country stuff during a break on a live recording and it was downright scary!! Check out his HLS stuff (Helborg, Lane and Sipe)...

    Chris
     
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    +1 for Johnny Hiland
     
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    Hey guys, thanks for the props regarding the tutorial!

    Junior Brown has some incredible stuff along these lines.

    Albert Lee also.

    alan, I also commented on your post elsewhere about this.
     
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    YES - cool, thanks again
     
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