Johnny B. Goode Detailed explanation The A Mixolydian Mode is the same as a D major scale but starting on the 5th degree 5 th fret of the scale. So instead of starting on the 5th fret of the 4th string start on the 5th fret of the 6th string. This is the scale that Chuck Berry uses for the runs in Johnny B. Goode. Hold the ½ barre A at the 5th fret through the majority of this song. Just take your first position F and move it up to the 5 th fret for this. Slide 4th to 5th fret with a ½ Slide 4th to 6th fret Barre across the 1st & 2nd String This time you barre with the ring This is on the 5th fret, 5th position with the form similar to the A Mixolydian mode Finger at the 7th fret across the 1st position ‘F’ chord. descending 4th and 5th strings and slide from the 6th fret. Same basic rhythm as previous Slide with 2nd finger Up to the 6th fret. Most Hammer Slide with 3rd finger ½ Slide from 4th to 6th fret 5 to 6. Barred from 6 to 7th fret. On recording there isn’t a slide here. Here it is best to start with just the top This is a double stop. You can just play note and add in the others later. Slide or bend up from the 8th to the the 2nd string or do the double stop at any Switch here to 4 th position. 9th fret. Use your ring finger for this Point where the 2nd fret 5th string is played. Slide to 9th fret from either the 8th or Move to 4th position. The 6 The 7th fret. Or you can bend the note from the 7th or to 4 is a pull off The 8th fret. This is the most difficult part of this intro. This is a rake. Hold the A chord down An A mixolydian mode from the 1st string and brush the pick down the strings. To keep 5th fret descending to the 1st string 7th fret the 3rd string from sounding just lightly touch the 3rd string with the middle finger – no pressure. Descending. Same as before only twice as f This is an ‘A’ mixolydian mode from her until the first beat of the last measure of This line. Just starts on different notes. This part is not played the same each time. Note that A Mixolydian A Blues Double Stop notes 4th 1 1 1 fret 1 1 5th 1 1 1 th 5th 2 2 2 1 1 1 5 1 1 1 1 fret fret fret 2 3 2 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 These are notes that you can use For the blues in Chuck Berry Here are some common patterns to try. 5th fret 1st and 2nd style. Note that any pair on 2 Strings. Go from 5th fret 2nd and 3rd strings to hamminging consecutive strings can work as Onto the 6th fret of the 3rd string. Long as they are within 1 fret of each other. Some examples. Listen to the recording for these. 1 1 5th 1 5th fret fret 3 7th 3 fret 4 1 1 5th to 1 1 5th fret Fret 2 4 4 8th fret Now work on it • Take this piece one measure at a time. • Play each measure slowly until you can play it perfectly. • The entire piece is based off of the chord form and the A mixolydian mode. • Work on this with doing the backing of the song on tape or by getting together with someone else. • Once you learn it, work on variations to make it partly your own!! • Use these ideas in solo’s of your own. • Listen to the original recording. It is in the key of Bb which is up 1 fret from this version.
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