I was going over the song "Faulty Outlet" tonight off of Greg Howe's "Uncertain Terms cd",
what the hell is he doing over the lead section? I can't figure out what mode he's playing in???
the solo starts at the 2:00 mark here but you may want to listen to the whole tune leading up to it first if you've never heard it.
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Can anyone help me out here?
Classical guitar prof, resume has me down as head of two college guitar programs, studied all the theory and composition under the sun or at least so far as I am aware, I can help...
Sort of...chromaticism and passing tones/ "outside" notes are a major factor as the solo moves along.
We start out in lydian, so just major scale with a sharp 4. Howe then dances around soloing in fairly straightforward fashion, going with the changes. But then...
The stuff that has you stumped are the later chromaticisms/ dissonances/ outside note choices.
Howe rips it up. Freaking plays like the best jazz horn players, only better.
can't really quantify that outside stuff other than to say that it is "outside". What kicks ass is the way he makes it all work, and the way he brings it all home.
Use slow-down software and learn it note-for note. I am going to do it right now myself, thanks for the killer thread man.
BTW the coolest thing about mastering theory is when you come across stuff that breaks the rules, I love that shit. Rules are made to be broken. Break them enough, and people start defining what you are doing and suddenly what you are doing becomes definable as part of the new canon of "modern theory".
This is what Howe is going for, the uncharted territory. I dig this dude.