Sexiest Tone

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  1. GBStratman

    GBStratman Member

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    Lately I've been trying to identify people to study specific aspects of their playing (e.g. Hendrix for rhythm, BB King for single note soloing, etc) that I can eventually meld into a style of my own. But there is a category that I'm stuck on, for lack of a better term, what I would call "sexiest tone." I'm not even sure who exemplifies this. Any ideas?

    And for the theory gurus: do you have any goto intervals that you use to impart a sexy feel? Or is it all technique and phrasing?

    Don't know if this question makes any sense...
     
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    I understand what you're saying, but would suggest maybe you're doing it wrong. I mean, I understand the idea of say Jimi being an influence for a rhythm player, but I would suggest not looking at his overall output as a rhythm player but at a specific song or part. When you do that you'll realize it's not just what he's playing that makes it, it's what else is going on, it's the context. It just so happens that he often is in a similar context with the music he writes.

    When you talk about Jimi and BB you're using very literal descriptions- rhythm and single note soloing, but sexy is a much different quality than that. To me, a sexy guitar line is going to depend even more on context. To me Jimmy Page's playing in "All of My Love" has a sexy quality. But that song already has that quality with the synth pads and the booming kick drum. When I look at the guitars on that tune it's the quality of the bends that give it a "sexy" quality to me, I guess because of the B-bender Tele he used. So big, slow but even bends can be an aspect.

    An answer as far as tone might be Clapton's woman tone for starters. I generally think of cleaner tones as sexier, but that's a dirty one. Also some Isley stuff like their version of "Summer Breeze" is a good dirty, sexy tone to me.
     
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    I've been told it's sexy when my fingers are moving really fast or doing some serious vibrato. I'd say building tension and releasing it would probably help too.
     
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    Yes, good call. Santana's Europa is the kind of thing I'm thinking of. I think a lot of it is the legato playing. Agree about Ford's tone, but not quite the seductive quality of Europa. I think I'll spend some time with that trying to get that feel.
     
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    How about Mick Taylor on Sticky Fingers.
    Can't You Hear Me Knocking" has an extended jam that is drop dead gorgeous.
     
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    +1. This one's got Keef's dirty sexy tone in the first half and Taylor's sweet sexy tone in the second half. Too bad those two couldn't stay together.
    +1 on Carlos.
    And how about David Gilmour????
     
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    Larry Carlton

    The solo to Kid Charlamagne off Steely Dan's The Royal Scam!

    As for the theory side, I tend to land on the 9th over a minor or m7 chord, gives a very Carlos Santana type feel.

    ML
     
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    Tiny Tim on "Tiptoe through the Tulips"

    Seriously, is there anything sexier than a guy singing falsetto with a uke.

    (for the girls that is)
     
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    Try out ZZ Top's "Fool for your Stockings"

    Billy's subtle style of playing - riding on the edge of breakup, flirting with burning licks but instead choosing smoother, flowing lines, staying on the clean side of massive power, building it up slowly, giving you a little taste here and there, making you thirst for more.

    To me that's what Sexy Tone is all about.


    ~Betos
     
  14. GBStratman

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    Oh, yeah!
     
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    On Bright Size Life. Very seductive tone. IMHO
     
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    I think of John Mayer - slow dancing in a burning room. love that tone.
     
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    Black Magic Woman. I envision a sultry brunette swaying to the opening solo.
     
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    That's a great example in my opinion.
     
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    What about Gary Moore on "Still Got The Blues"? I'm really shooting for that tone these days. That's sexy! (The tone, not Gary Moore)
     
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