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Trippy Hippy

   

mp3: Trippy Hippy Guitar/Lead Jam Track
wma: Trippy Hippy Guitar/Lead Jam Track

mp3: Trippy Hippy Bass Jam Track
wma: Trippy Hippy Bass Jam Track

mp3: Trippy Hippy Drums Jam Track
wma: Trippy Hippy Drums Jam Track

Time/size: 4 mins 15 secs/6.2mb. 76 beats per minute/bpm

Ballad rock jam track: This is an 8 bar soft rock progression in the key of Gb.

Backing track instruments: electric guitar, fretless bass and drums.

Progression: Gb Major, Db Major, Cb Major, Db Major, Cb Major.

Suggestions: Play the Gb Major Pentatonic Scale over the entire progression and then move to the Gb Major Scale over the Gb chord, Db Mixolydian over the Db chord and Cb Lydian over the Cb chord.

Trippy Hippy Chords and Progression

The Gb Major scale is made up of the notes: Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, F. The note Cb is actually the note B but we call it 'Cb' because we have already taken up the note name B for the Bb note.

You only use each letter of the alphabet once when naming the notes of any Major scale.

The chords used in Trippy Hippy are the two most common shapes known to man.

The 1st shape is for the Gb Major chord with its Root note on the 6th string.

The 2nd chord shape is used for both the Db Major and Cb Major chords and has it's Root note on the 5th string.

Theses chord shapes are known as moveable shapes as you can move them up and down the guitar neck to play all Major chords using the same shape.

Gb Major

E|--x--
B|--2--
G|--3--
D|--4--
A|--4--
E|--2--

Db Major

E|--x--
B|--6--
G|--6--
D|--6--
A|--4--
E|--x--

Cb Major

E|--x--
B|--4--
G|--4--
D|--4--
A|--2--
E|--x--

Trippy Hippy Scale Suggestions

1. Gb Major Pentatonic Scale - 13th Position - Two Octaves

The G Major Pentatonic scale consists of the notes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 from the Gb Major scale and sounds good over the entire progression.

Anytime you are playing in a Major key, you can use the Major Pentatonic scale from the same key as a starting point to jam over the progression.

E|------------------------------------14-
B|-----------------------------14-16----
G|----------------------13-15-----------
D|---------------13-16------------------
A|--------13-16-------------------------
E|-14-16--------------------------------

2. Gb Major Scale - 13th Position - Two Octaves

If we add the 4th and 7th degrees of the Major scale to the Gb Pentatonic scale above we get the Gb Major scale. Use this scale to play over the first 4 bars of the progression, which is the Gb Major chord.

E|------------------------------------------------13-14-
B|-----------------------------------------14-16--------
G|------------------------------13-15-16---------------
D|-------------------13-15-16--------------------------
A|--------13-14-16-------------------------------------
E|-14-16------------------------------------------------

3. Db Mixolydian Mode - 8th Position - Two Octaves

The Db Mixolydian mode lowers the 7th degree of the Db Major scale. The scale shape is similar to the scale shape used for the Gb Major scale shown in pattern 2 above.

Use this mode to play over the Db Major chord which is played in the 5th and 7th bars of the progression.

E|--------------------------------------------9-
B|----------------------------------9-11-12---
G|------------------------8-10-11-------------
D|----------------8-9-11-----------------------
A|--------8-9-11-------------------------------
E|-9-11----------------------------------------

4. Cb Lydian Mode - 6th Position - Two Octaves

The Cb (B, same note name but we call it Cb as discussed above) Lydian mode raises the 4th degree of the Cb Major scale. Again this is a similar scale shape to the Gb Major scale shape from pattern two except the 4th degree in the scale shape is one fret higher.

Use this mode to play over the Cb Major chord that is played in the 6th and 8th bars of the 8 bar progression.

E|-------------------------------6-7-
B|------------------------6-7-9-----
G|-------------------6-8-------------
D|------------6-8-9-----------------
A|-----6-8-9------------------------
E|-7-9-------------------------------

Trippy Hippy Bass Tab

The bass line over the Gb Major chord uses the Root and 5th notes of the Gb Major scale. This is played over the first 4 bars of the progression.

Over both the Db and Cb chords the Root, 2nd, 3rd and 5th of each chord/scale are used.

If you add the 6th degree (2 frets up from the 5th for both chords which appears on the D string) then you'll get a bit of a retro soul bass line happening.

Note that you slide the note from the 2nd degree to 3rd degree of each scale over the Db and Cb chords (from the 6th to 8th frets for the Cb and 4th to 6th frets for the Bb chord). It's fairly subtle, you can barely hear the 2nd being played. You could also play it as a hammer on.

G|----------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------
A|-9-9-9---9-9-9---9-9-9-9---9-9-9----
E|--------9--------9----------9--------9-

G|---------------------------------------
D|----------6-6----------------4-4------
A|-4-4-6-8-----8-4---2-2-4-6-----6-2-
E|---------------------------------------

G|--------------------------------------------
D|----------6-6----------------4-----------4-
A|-4-4-6-8-----8-4---2-2-4-6---2-2-4-6---
E|--------------------------------------------

Trippy Hippy Drum Chart

Play an easy rock beat with some light syncopation.

Web page with drum instruction: Trippy Hippy Drum Chart

Download: Trippy Hippy Drum Chart

Trippy Hippy Drum Instruction

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