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A Sunday Coat: In Between Leads


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Bo Diddley was all about rhythm and it shows in his style of lead playing as well.

Here we're going to look into what he does for lead playing in between the verses. And we're basically looking at 3 different type of rhythm phrases played with triads.

Start all the way up on the 17th fret of the D string and outline a G major triad putting your middle finger on the 16th fret of the G string and your index finger on the 15th fret of the B string. Then we simply slide this shape down one whole step to an F major triad and we're just going to go between the 2. And here's where we're going to notice why the capo is such an interesting choice here. Because we're coming out of playing the rhythm part we can have some strings ringing out underneath the lead.

It's not a studied technique per say but it's a really happy accident that keeps a little bit of drive going, even when going up to these high voicing. And it certainly doesn't happen every time, it's sort of random but if you're really going for the groove in the rhythm part, a lot of times it'll just happen on it's own.

After the 2nd verse we'll go into some high voicing stabs, again using the same voicing of the G major triad. So what we're doing is playing the rhythm part and jumping up to hit the high G major triad on beat 1 and we do this 4 times.

Notice that we're once again getting some rhythm help from the capo and tremolo.

Directly after the chord stabs we go into a different lead part where we'll change it up by using some different triads, starting with a C major triad by simply baring the D G and B string on the 5th fret
next we slide the same voicing of the triad up to the 8th fret outlining an Eb major triad, bit of a jazzy turn here, and then back to the C again.

After that we're going to play the rhythm part for 4 repetitions before we play the next lead bit. So it alters between lead and rhythm in this little solo section. So the next lead bit is a variation of the very first one we looked into.

So we're back up here on our high G and F major voicing and we divide it into 2 parts, just a slight variation of the earlier phrase.

The last lead part is going to be in the outro of the song where we go back to doing the high G major stabs. And once again we do this 4 times and after that we go back to our high voicings of G and F and just go between them till the song fades out.
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