Betts plays with a clean to sweetly rounded sustained tone using mostly pentatonic major scales with a country flavor adapted to the Allman Brothers rock style. He plays mostly simple, but flowing phrases that emphasized melodic devices of repetition, variation, and rhythmic displacement. Along with Duane, Dickey’s style is a key component of the unique, instantly identifiable sound of the early Allman Brothers Band. Their sweet as sugar twin harmony leads are an iconic sound of rock and roll guitar vocabulary.
As well as writing major hits like ‘Ramblin’ Man’ and ‘Blue Sky,’ which feature his vocals, Betts also wrote several instrumentals that became staples in the Allman Brothers nightly set list including ‘In Memory of Elizabeth Reed’ and the radio friendly hit ‘Jessica’.
Today we're going to study Betts’s lead guitar playing style by breaking it down into several key factors, learn what makes it special, and then learn to play some licks in his style!
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- Dickey Betts Artist Study: Welcome
- Dickey Betts Artist Study: Gear & Tone
- Major Pentatonic & Hexatonic Melodies: Lesson
- Major Pentatonic & Hexatonic Melodies: Play
- Major Hexatonic Harmonies: Lesson
- Major Hexatonic Harmonies: Play
- Minor Hexatonic & Dorian: Lesson
- Minor Hexatonic & Dorian: Play
- Bluesy Major / Minor Blues: Lesson
- Bluesy Major / Minor Blues: Play
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