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through years of recording and live performance,
reaching an apex in Play
(aptly subtitled The Guitar
Album).
The Telecaster sound is
central to Paisley's style.
Its unmistakable twang
is prominent in "Ticks,"
"A m e r i c a n S a t u r d a y
Night," "The World" and
count less ot her songs.
V i r t u a l l y e ve r y t r ac k
underscores his love of
the Tele tradition of hot
licks, cross-picking tricks,
peda l-steel bends, and
chicken-pickin' timbres.
He employs hybrid picking
with f lat pick and fingers,
similar to Albert Lee's
technique, to achieve contrastingly snappy plucking
or f lowing fingerstyle results. Accordingly, he often
plays parallel broken-sixth
intervals in a percussive
chicken-pickin' manner,
alternating dynamic accented attacks with muted
punctuations and interpolated open strings.
Brad 's musica l ga me
is deep and highlights
Johnson, and Eddie Van Halen. Most of his melodies
The appropriately titled "Departure" on Play presented
abou nd. Blues sou nd s
here convey major-pentatonic sounds played over
Paisley's country/shred approach applied to a melodious
inform many of his lines,
the tune's diatonic I-V-vi-IV changes. The pedal-point
pop/rock instrumental. This excerpt, based on a revealing
celebrated in his duet with
line in measure 3 is reminiscent of Steve Lukather's
section of his solo, reconciles virtuosic country picking
B.B. King "Let the Good
style, while the slurred broken sixths in 5 are pure
and high-tech rock. Note the idiomatic bends and vibrato
Times Roll" and tunes
Paisley and spell out the arpeggios of an E major
in measures 1 and 6-8. The complex passagework is
like "Playing with Fire."
chord. The cadenza-like phrase in 6-7 is a careening
distinguished by copious legato phrasing with abundant
His blues palette includes
white-knuckle ride comprised of major, minor, and
hammer-ons, pull-offs, and cross picking. Lines like
specific string-bending/
blues-scale sounds hybrid-picked in the nut position.
these brought comparisons to Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric
vibrato techniques, bluesscale melodies, boogiebased rhythmic phrasing and an overdriven "Huckleberry Jam" and "Cliffs of Rock City" and the aforementioned tracks serve as fine
tone. In an atypical transformation, he tap into the modern rock-instrumental me- examples of Paisley's diversity.
freely utilizes the G-bender to lend a Tele lodicism and shred of Joe Satriani and Eric
flourish to his blues. Jazz influences surface Johnson. Acoustic virtuosity is showcased ESSENTIAL VIEWING
in the chordal intro and solo lines of "You on "Kentucky Jelly," with its D-tuning and
Mud on the Lens DVD offers a superb perHave That Effect on Me" and throughout electric/acoustic layering, and the serene formance, rare interviews, Brad's matching
the swinging instrumental "Les is More." solo rendering of "What a Friend We have commentary, alternate videos, a tour of his
"Turf 's Up" pays homage to Southern Cali- in Jesus." And there's the cornpone humor guitar collection, an animated featurette
fornia, birthplace of the Fender sound and and sideshow mythos of the Kung Pao and more. Online clips include a ripping
surf music, with ethnic themes reminiscent Buckaroos evoking vintage country radio "The Nervous Breakdown" from "Austin
of "Mr. Moto," stop-time drum breaks a shows running alongside the story of Brad City Limits," an interview about the Fender
la "Wipeout" and muted slurred tremolo Paisley megastar proving he doesn't take all Telecaster, and demos for Dr. Z amps.
allusions to "Pipeline." "Munster Rag" is of it all that seriously.
an uptempo minor-mode romp based on
ESSENTIAL READING
the TV theme recalling great program- ESSENTIAL LISTENING
Diary of a Player is an engrossing read, recommatic instrumentals of yesteryear while
Play is a requisite guitar-intensive album, mended for all guitarists seeking Paisley insights.

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