Learning from Recordings with the Arctic Monkeys
‘I bet that you look good on the dance floor
I don’t know if you’re looking for romance or…’
So begins “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” by the Arctic Monkeys.
Why do I mention this? Well I think that this is a great track for intermediate guitarists to do a little ear training and learn the solos off the recording by playing along! My guitar students have enjoyed learning this song. It sounds like a furiously fast track, but the solos are reasonably straightforward. There are also some nice bends in the solo that will challenge you to keep in tune – especially the pre-bend!
Let me give you a few starting points so that this is an enjoyable experience (hopefully!).
Both solos use the F# minor pentatonic scale – the first solo in position 1 at the 14th fret and the second solo starting in position 5 at the 12th fret. If you are only going to learn one solo then learn the first one as this is quite recognisable, where as the second solo is more of a blur of notes and is only really worth learning if you are going to play the song in a band.
It starts with fast tremolo picking ascending the F# minor pentatonic scale from fret 14 on the low E string moving up the pattern one note at a time until it reaches the 16th fret on the G string – there is a set of bends on this note and then a descending repeated figure. There is then a prebend of a semitone of the G string on the 16th fret – pick both the prebend and the returned to pitch (unbent – G string 16th fret) note. The rest of the solo is mainly in and around frets 14 and 16 within the pentatonic pattern.
The second solo starts in position 5 of the F# Minor Pentatonic scale – but does move into position 1 as well.
This diagram is the F# Minor Pentatonic scale that you will be using.
The notes in hollow circles make up position 1 – the notes in solid circles as well as the notes all along the 14th fret make up the 5th position.
Have fun and let me know how you got on!
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