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Tips and Techniques,
Benson's Octaves.
So I'm going to develop
the octaves adding one more note.
And this is something that
George Benson came up with.
George Benson one of my
favorite jazz guitar players.
He was trying I think he
was trying to imitate and
create the sound of
Erroll Garner on the guitar.
You know,
with all these massive block chords.
Erroll Garner was a great piano player
who wrote Misty among other songs.
So what Benson did to make the octaves
octaves sound even faster and
not just copying Wes Montgomery.
Who was one of his favorite players.
Was he added something of his own,
he added, between the octave, he added,
if we have D and D here, he added an A.
So that is a fifth interval up from D and
a fourth interval down.
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From D here.
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And
then, he kept the same
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Voicing using the for
instance D a minor pentatonic
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D, F, G, A.
C, D, F, G, A, C.
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Like that.
And on the of fourth string and
second string
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The fingering would be like this.
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Octave and this fifth, if you're
looking at it that direction or fourth if
you're looking at it in that interval.
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There.
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And then it looks like this.
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Like a rock chord.
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Which I showed you in the guitar
basics block.
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So these voicings are the same.
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And
he did the same thing using a full scale.
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So
let's start here and I will show you
the same thing using a full D major scale.
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Just harmonizing
it this very
same way.
So what you can do is actually apply
this to a full D major scale and
not just to a minor pentatonic.
So.
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And Benson also did a similar thing.
He took another interval.
He took for instance fifth interval.
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Start if you look at it this way or
a fourth interval if you're
looking at it ascending.
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So D G.
Instead of that A.
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He had D G and D.
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And here it looks like this.
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Of it's like an octave and octave.
Here we have the fourth.
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And this,
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D, G, D.
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The scale would sound like this,
the full major scale using this technique.
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And I have to turn around
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All right.
And.
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And sometimes he,
he likes to do this small like
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These small rolls.
And you do it like this.
Use the thumb and then you do up
stroke with these two fingers.
I do it with second and third and
you just alternate like this.
Down up down up down up down.
I slide
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Like that.
So let's try to improvise using
these octaves with fourths and
fifths in between over this backing track.
The very same one.
D major 7 and A7 sus four.
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Something like that.
This is a pretty difficult technique.
You have to get used to this.
Fingerings and
you can either you can use it with a pick.
Right now, I used the thumb for
some of it and for
some of it I was just
using my fingers like.
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Well, I was doing just the rolls.
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So practice on this one.
It's a tough one.
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