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The Pentatonic Hook

 

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Here we'll look at the chorus, starting with the pentatonic
line in the pickup. This section has the strongest melody in the song, as befits a chorus; think of it as more of a vocal line than anything else.

The object is for the listener to hold on to that as one of the pieces of the song they'll take with them when it's over, otherwise known as a "hook", which is an important element of any composition. Sometimes a hook can be a guitar riff, like in a lot of metal songs; other times it's a melody, it's what keeps you coming back and it's very important; even in jazz where structures can be stretched a bit they have "the head", which is the main melody/theme.

The pentatonic line is then played more slowly. Similar to the line in the intro, we're generally picking only when we're changing strings,
and using hammer ons and pull offs to try and make a smooth, legato-sounding sound. Gain in the first chorus is moderate, so once again we need to do some extra work with our fingers.
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