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Old Grimes

Solo Points of Interest


This week I'm going to show you a solo that I played over the melody and chords. Rather than teach the whole thing note by note I'm going to single out a few "points of interest" where (IMO) neat things happen. We'll look more deeply into what's going on with those spots in terms of positions, harmony and theory. Let me know if you've got any questions!





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Solo


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 2:46 Breakdown of Solo

Loop 24:45 Closing Thoughts





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Torgeir Jorem
Torgeir Jorem Nov 01, 2018

Hi Chris!

Thanks for the kind words and advices on my earlier videos. I've challenged myself with another one of your solos here. It's really difficult to keep rythm with so many notes, I struggled a bit with keeping it steady especially between part A and part B.

Also useful for me to use this as an introduction to the pentatonic scale (I'm one of the few who have never learned this before). Thanks for this input!

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Nov 21, 2018

BRAVO! Sounds great, Torgeir! I could really feel the good natured spirit of the music coming through. 

The groove seemed to suffer a bit when you went to the lower strings on the B part. Give some attention to making sure that your physical mechanics are as reliable on the low strings as they are on the high strings. One good way to practice this would be to learn the whole A part solo, but down an octave on the low strings. Then play it and the B part together, focusing on the groove the whole time. 

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti May 13, 2017

I do feel more relaxed but it's a constant effort to try to be relaxed instead of a natural relaxed ... especially when playing new things or things I find to be difficult (for me) like this but I sure do love this tune.

the other crisspicking lesson to go along with this tune seems to be really tough for me as is anything moving about the neck but I have my sights on that as well 

Thanis for the help.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti May 12, 2017

Peek in the woodshed ... watching Preds vs Ducks and sawing wood. 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge May 13, 2017

Kip, you sound much more relaxed on this one, which is great! How does it feel?

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti May 08, 2017

Thanks Chris ... i was thinking it was a choppy performance as well and have been wood shedding it and will try to post again later in the week.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti May 06, 2017

Hey Chris - I don't know for sure what the deal was but I finally got it uploaded. A little slower tempo than I'm ultimately aiming for and the double stop portion needs work. Thank you!



Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge May 07, 2017

Kip, sounding really good as usual! You've got the melodic contours down really well.

One thing that I notice is that you are playing pretty hard which creates a situation where the notes come out sounding a bit choppy. Try playing it again where you don't worry about volume at all, but instead you are just going for a smooth, flowing, legato sound. If that means that it is whisper quiet - and I'm not saying that it needs to be whisper quiet, but if it is - then so be it. I just want you to really relax and look for the resonance between all of the notes. 

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti May 04, 2017

I uploaded a video of where I'm at with this particular lesson and I think it disappeared into never never land - it didn't appear like it usually does so I'm going to do it again. If a video of me playing this lesson appears multiple times on here somehow or I crash Sonic Jnction or there is a black out on the east coast it's not my fault.

Fun lesson - am I on the right track with it? Oh yeah .. I capoed up to save a little stretch stress on the hand.


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge May 06, 2017

Hi Kip, I'm not seeing the video. Did you try reuploading it?

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Apr 29, 2017

Chris -

This is one heck of a lesson that is packed with a ton of skills stuff to work on. I feel like by trying to play and practice this particular lesson it should really help me with the 4 fingers for 4 frets approach - left hand technique, etc., etc. I'm trying really hard to fix my fretting hand which is easier said than done at my age.  I'm interested to know how easy or hard this lesson is for other players. It is obviously difficult for me but I don't think out of reach (at least the A section)  Thanks!

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