Funky Single-Note Lesson

Joe Perry’s funky single note riffing provided the rhythmic backbone to so many Aerosmith songs. He used a lot of pentatonic minor patterns along with notes from the mixolydian mode to get bluesy, funky, rhythm & blues types of lines. Cranked through a Les Paul & a Marshall this is the sound of classic Aerosmith! Here’s an example of his playing style using these tools.

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