Watch the Riverside: Lead 1 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Jam Night Vol. 1

An Indian raga-like vibe is attained in this solo with the use of the open high E string drone that is sounded simultaneously with the sliding melody played on the G string, with all notes derived from the E Dorian mode (E F# G A B C# D). Attention is paid to hitting the chord tones of each chord as each of the chords come up in the progression, i.e., D, the dominant seventh of E, and F#, the ninth of E are sounded over Em7 while C#, the major third of A, and D, the fourth of A, are often sounded over A7. I strum straight across the top three strings when playing these riffs and focus on keeping the B string muted throughout. The solo wraps up with a descending line based on E minor pentatonic (E G A B D), which takes the solo from a modal vibe into more of a blues-type territory.

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