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    Here's Jason Isbell performing "Decoration Day" solo on acoustic guitar. Jason does a solo break beginning around 2:20 and continuing for about a minute, and this is exactly the kind of thing I want to learn how to do. I suspect he's playing in an alternative tuning, but I'm not sure. I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions you might have about how Jason does this lead break and how I might develop (eventually) this kind of skill.

    Jersey Jack

    Gibson J45 & Hummingbird
    Martin 000-28
    Deering Sierra Banjo

    "If you don’t like Springsteen that means you don’t like Woody Guthrie, which means you don’t like songs." Justin Townes Earle

  • #2
    sounds like 'straight standard' tuning to me Jack

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    • #3
      Definitely standard tuning. That's a nice bit of playing, because it illustrates a few different ways to cover a solo break when playing by yourself. Starting at 2:20, he's really just doing the chord progression, with some interesting voicings with open strings ringing. So to do that first bit, learn your inversions up and down the neck. At 2:56, he's playing the descending bass line from the chord progression, then doing your basic "blues box" soloing , again hitting the open strings as they apply. Finally, around 3:10, he's pretty much doing a Carter style 1st position hammer-on runs. Start with the "Lester Flatt G Run" and work from there.
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      • #4
        Standard tuning..Key of Am. Nothing too difficult going on, but it is tasty. Nice voice too..

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        • #5
          DBT lost a great singerwriter when he split. Patterson is a good writer but Jason is by far the better singer. Have his first ( I think ) solo and should find and buy his other(s).
          Would most of that lead just be called arpeggiated chords?

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          • #6
            The first third is, but not of straight major or minor chords. I'm pretty sure there's a Am2 chord implied in there w/ open strings and what-not.
            Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

            Find our album on iTunes!

            A Month of Songs (Songwriting blog)







            Originally Posted by gennation


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            • #7
              Thanks to you all for taking the time to look at the video and respond. I've been working hard at developing the ability to take a break while playing solo, and I've made progress when it comes to steady alternating bass patterns--Steve Earle-style Travis picking and acoustic blues; but strumming and using open string drone notes while playing leads...that sh*t's hard!
              Jersey Jack

              Gibson J45 & Hummingbird
              Martin 000-28
              Deering Sierra Banjo

              "If you don’t like Springsteen that means you don’t like Woody Guthrie, which means you don’t like songs." Justin Townes Earle

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