Playing Soul horn lines on guitar?

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  1. Bossanova

    Bossanova Member

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    hi folks, noob question. on songs like "hold on i'm coming" how do you go about harmonizing guitar lines to mimic the horn?

    ie, my 4-piece rock band wants to cover that, with one guitar on rhythm and the other playing the 4-note figure. Do i start with single notes, then add a harmony on top? which one/how?

    ty!
     
  2. Ejay

    Ejay Supporting Member

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    What id do....play that intro melody line single line...not trying to sound like Horns...but sound like a nice guitar.
    The rythem thingy they do further..id find some nice voicings to the chords doing that rythem pattern..again something that works on a guitar....maybe copy the topline of the original.
     
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    Whatever works. Just copy. All those Stax songs are fun...even Mustang Sally (haven't found a bass player yet that plays the right line. Pitch it up an octave and listen).
     
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    Think of the instrument - breath.
    The punch of the tongue and lips letting pressure blast through the reed.
    Horn sections live in harmony - they play off each other and understand intervals.
    They have a roll and trill technique too that is present in the tune you cited.
    That song you mention - the harmonies are fairly easy to pick out and mimic with your voice. Do that to bridge things you're uncertain with.

    If you want to get deep about it - pay attention to phrasing from jazz guys who have played alongside them. It's impossible not to have that influence when you're playing with a good sax player or section. It's nearly my favorite thing to be playing along with.
     
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    Oh and tone tricks - thicken with fuzz, but not too much fuzz/drive.
    Use an octave split or up/down (I have a foxrox octron that helps) - totally puts punch on it. Don't kill your amp though with the low end. Let PA take that.
    :)
     
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  7. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    On the chorus parts I would just play a single line (like the horns, take the top line). In the verses where you have horn pads figure out the three-note ensemble chord and play it in your DGB strings.

    Typical horn arrangements are best covered with chords that include the root, third and seventh (key of A; A7, D7, E7) where you keep the notes in the same position as much as possible.

    |----------------------
    |----8----7----9----------
    |----6----5----7----------
    |----7----7----9----------
    |----------------------
    |----------------------

    or

    |----------------------
    |----14----13----15----------
    |----12----11----13----------
    |----14----12----14----------
    |----------------------
    |----------------------
     
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