Hi Guitar friends, The next lesson is on the first half of the solo chorus on 3 Hours Past Midnight. The lesson starts off with a finger buster that is hard for me to play but I do show a great sounding alternative to the high octave stretch that sounds great for those who simply can't reach that far. I suggest you give it a good try though, it's good to learn to stretch that far. Next we learn many of Johnny Watson's riffs from the solo that sound great when you snap the strings as I demonstrate in the lesson. The riffs and are familiar but the technique is different giving it a whole new sound. Enjoy! DukeTopics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
Background listening: Three Hours Past Midnight
loop @ 1:56 I chord breakdown
loop @ 5:10 I chord slow
Note: The best way to learn the the 2nd riff is to loop it and slow it down to 75%. It's all in the phrasing / timing.
loop @ 9:34 easier way to get the octaves
loop @ 10:40 leading to the IV chord
loop @ 12:20 IV chord
loop @ 13:10 classic Johnny 'Guitar' Watson riff
loop @ 20:10 V chord, turnaroud and BIG riff
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Boyd, First of all you can play the open G string and a G on the B string and create the basic same effect. But if you keep trying I think you can get it, just have to stretch those fingers! Duke
What if your fingers will not stretch that far
Hi Cesar, Good question. Since I never saw him live I can't honestly say. Maybe another player here knows the answer. Sorry, don't want to pass out wrong information! Duke
ok,here i go..it´s fun to play whitout the pick..you can do dirty sounds.One question?Watson plays it with a capo or not?
Hi Antonio, Thanks, I'm glad it works for you! Duke
Hi Vince, You are correct sir, where theres a will, there's a way!Duke
@Vince .. I like your spirit! OK ... hand stretching here I come!
@Antonio .. I totally agree the tone is in the fingers. I'm also tending to use a pick less. I like the different kinds of sounds I can make, the control ... and it just feels right / more organic directly playing the strings.
duke you are da man, i wish i saw this 25 years ago when i first learned that last johnny guitar watson lick off the 5, it took me an hour back then to figure it out lol, also for anyone out there with smaller hands like me and duke, you can do that stretch, where there's a will there's a way, if a mother can lift a car off a baby then a guitarist can defeat his anatomy and stretch his hand out over 5 or 6 frets lol, it sounds better that way without a capo, capos, we don't need no stinking capos lol
Oh, by the way I really dig the axe Duke is playing. I've seen video and plenty of photos of guys like Hubert Sumlin playing guitars that were not considered high quality. It's the flesh of the fingers man! Grab whatever is close and play the heck out of it.
What a cool lesson! Many thanks Duke. This is right up my alley since I don't use a pick as well. I really enjoyed that bit right at the end. Gems like that are why I am enjoying these lesson so much. I've been playing over twenty years and these lessons have definitley filled a few holes that were missing. I'll have no choice but follow with a video 0n this lesson very soon. Thanks again!
Ha! Yes, when Duke said he had small hands and then I looked at mine ... I knew I was in trouble. I'm going to be doing it the easy way!
Love the bends and snaps Duke! ... and the BIG Riff too!