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Note Events Per Minute (Part 2)

September 26, 2011

Listening more to Vince Gill on “Midnight Train” — very simple harmonic structure: verse-chorus-verse-chorus. Verse changes are:

1-1-4-1

1-1-2-5

1-1-4-1

1-1-5-1

And it’s in a major key — so for this kind of country playing you have three melodic patterns to explore: 1) major diatonic scale 2) blues scale and 3) major diatonic scale with added chromatic passing tones (primarily the b3 and the b5 — blues scale tones). Most of the licks I hear being played use one of these three approaches.

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