I have purchased several of your courses and I am just getting started on Secrets of Tasty Riffs & Solos. A lightbulb went on and I pulled out the TAB on one of my favorite acoustic songs, Operator, by Jim Croce. I have studied the accompanied guitar part by Maury Muehleisen and could not figure out how he came up with such beautiful fills until now. He is playing thirds and like your intro part of the course, in the key of G.
I believe what you say about how “tasty” these can sound as I have always loved the guitar on that song and now I know why!
Thanks very much for the 4 tips, and for putting this whole course together! I’ve now been through the whole course once and, as you say below, I do plan to go through it at least once more. The course is really well done and has been very helpful to me. I’ve heard these sorts of riffs/fills/lines/solos before (as you’ve mentioned, they’re in lots of songs!) and I always thought they sounded great, but I never really thought through how to play them. How did those guitar players know what pairs of notes would sound good? It was a bit of a mystery to me…
After seeing your “Tasty Riffs and Solos” course, it all makes so much sense now. Thank you for introducing me to this world – this is something that I have started using already and will definitely continue to use in the future!
Just wanted you to know that I just finished some “head” work laying out thirds in the key of A. The sheet I had handy already had previous work on charting the A major pentatonic. So, I used that and kept going.
I did 2 sets of thirds, one on the third string and another along the 4th string.
Then I grabbed my acoustic and just let it rip. I messed with the pentatonic and then layered in some – as you say – tasty thirds and some transition runs.
What a hoot. No very good yet but what an improvement.
Thanks for your best series ever.
Jonathan, this is an exceptionally helpful lesson. It really feels that this is taking me onto a new stage in my playing. So much to learn and rehearse, but you have explained the theory in a brilliant way. Many thanks.
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