Watch the Macon online guitar lesson by James Hogan from 50 All-Purpose Pentatonic Licks
Lick #32 is entitled “Macon.” In the early 1970’s Macon, Ga was the hub of southern rock. With the success of Phil Walden’s Capricorn Records and local legends The Allman Brothers Band along with Marshall Tucker and Elvin Bishop, Macon was a hotbed of talent. The Allman Brothers band in particular are the most prominent band in the genre. The dual guitar wizardry of master slide guitarist Duane Allman and country rocker Dickie Betts defined the genre. Virtually every band after them had to have two guitars and a lot of them mimicked Duane and Dickie’s style of harmonization. After the success of the country rock anthems “Jessica” and “Blue Sky” paired with Duane’s death, Dickie became the preeminent guitarist in the genre. His signature Major pentatonic based sound on “Blue Sky” paired with great songwriting influenced countless guitarists in the genre. It’s hard for me to hear a Major pentatonic sequence lick without thinking of Dickie Betts. This one is in Position IV of A Major pentatonic.