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Frampton's "Lines On My Face"

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by dohootowl, May 19, 2011.

  1. dohootowl

    dohootowl Member

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    I've played along with this song so many times, but I have never figured out exactly where he is scale-wise--my theory is not good. So whatever mode(s) he's playing in, I'm not sure. Also, at the bridge it just seems to be a little variation on a pentatonic scale. Anyone have any input on this? I've always loved this tune.

     
  2. Neer

    Neer Supporting Member

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    The tune is in C major and the verse vamps between F and G, the IV and V of C. He's basically using the C major scale, don't worry about the modes. The C section where it goes to Am to D, he's basically playing the A dorian (which is the G major scale on the second degree), then back to C major. he plays with a ton of passion and taste on this, one of my childhood favorites and one of the songs that taught me to play.
     
  3. Fred Farkus

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    ^ What he said. I used to think of it as A natural minor as the F and G seemed to be trying to resolve to Am. Whatever perspective floats your boat.

    When I was 15 or 16, used to play this one in the garage when the pretty girl next door came over to watch us.
     
  4. dohootowl

    dohootowl Member

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    Thanks! This helps.
     
  5. Bobby D

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    beautiful song....one of his best.......
     
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    New and improved
     
  7. StevenS

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    Great song.

    I learned this years ago and, while I can't read music, managed to get it down pretty good, solo's and all. Well enough that I was pleased with it anyway.

    Even now all these years later it's still one of my favorite songs to play.

    That whole album in fact is filled with such great melodic runs and phrasing it's no wonder it was such a huge hit.
     
  8. kurtsstuff

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    One of my faves.....my favorite version/vid of it

     
  9. fusion58

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    My favorite version is the original studio recording on "Frampton's Camel."
     
  10. Tonal Comfort

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    Great song and terrific use of a Leslie!
     
  11. John II

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    agreed. one of my favorite frampton tunes. he is so underrated.
     

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