CC Clark electric guitar
Line 6 POD
Cakewalk Pro 9
I put a lot of reverb on the guitar to get a light, roomy sound. On the POD I used a tube amp setting. Midi was used to create the background sounds: piano, bass, and drums.
The solo is in standard tuning, and in the key of B. I started with a
standard blues type progression using the minor pentatonic scale, then
transitioned to Aeolian, and then just went back to the pentatonics and ended
with a tapping progression.
The first 1/3 of the song was completely composed before hand. In
the middle or transition point (from pentatonic to Aeolian), I set borders
to follow and improvised inside of them. I knew specifically how I would
enter the middle/transition and knew which notes I would and would not play
in each of the scales as I transitioned, and I knew at what time the
transition should be complete and to start playing just Aeolian. I played
over the seventh fret position in both scales (B blues, B Aeolian) during
the middle of the song. You can hear when this begins because I play the
background melody with the bass/piano then slide into some modal form. After
about a minute of playing in Aeolian mode I simply went back to blues
without any transitioning. That's when I tried to let my emotions fly out
into the song, trying to play at random feelings. If I hit a wrong note I
stayed with it, the idea was to let go.
During my practice before the recording I found myself at the end of
the song doing this cool tapping thing with the bottom three strings. I
moved from the first string to the second then third then back down and up
again.. It ended on the third string and caught the last note of the melody
with the piano and bass and held it. I liked this so much that I kept it in
the solo. My improvisation slowed down to allow for this during the end of the
I think that the feeling that came out in this solo is the energy I
was feeling at the time. I basically tried to not really think about what I
was doing but rather just let myself come out onto the strings.