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My new instrument – Citron AE5 Custom

Here are the specifications: 3″ hollow mahogany body 3 piece mahogany / rosewood / mahogany neck 24 fret ebony fingerboard 2 Citron hum-bucking pickups 6 under saddle, blendable piezo pickups
The versatility due to the preamp is actually quite staggering. Harvey lets you blend between the hum buckers and the piezo pick ups. But there is a second blend control for blending between front and back hum buckers as well. The hum buckers have a three band EQ with sweepable mid control, and the piezo have a 2 band EQ with 3 separate volume controls for E, A-G and C strings.
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Steve Swallow solo transcription

Here is a transcription of Steve Swallow’s solo on “Someone To Watch Over Me” recorded live with the John Scofield Trio recorded in 2010
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Click on this link Someone To Watch Over Me for my written transcription of Steve’s solo.
Key elements to analyse are:
– emphasis on outlining chord tones and harmonic movement
– development of key rhythmic and melodic motifs
– clear definition of rhythmic ideas
– constant articulation of every note
Swallow uses string bends in a sophisticated way to colour the underlying harmony, and his application of this technique is an extension of how it is applied in blues music. Dig how he uses string bends to anticipate the Db diminished and B diminished chords coupled with a repeated rhythmic phrase.
I recommend listening to Steve’s solo (without me playing over the top) to anyone wishing to learn and analyse this solo. The simplicity and beauty of this solo make it one of my favourite Steve Swallow solos. Here is the link to the Youtube clip.