Nashville guitar sensation Daniel Donato shows you how to blend jazz-influenced licks with riffs inspired by the guitar’s twangy cousin.


Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Understand how to create variations on a motif.
• Learn how to alter a phrase to fit a chord.
• String together a series of motifs to create a solo.


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Let’s talk about motifs—short melodic ideas you can use as building blocks to craft a cohesive solo.

A soloist I’ve always admired is Billie “Tiny” Moore, who played electric mandolin with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. (Rather than the typical dual-course, 8-string mando we associate with bluegrass, Moore played his Gibsons as single-course, 4-string instruments and later wielded a custom 5-string solidbody made by Paul Bigsby.)

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