Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry. Bob Marley. A prophet of his time and writer of this absolute classic track from 1970. Although the main chord sequence can be tricky, the disjointed guitar solo that concludes the song is the topic for today's lesson.
The guitar tone here needs a slight bite to it, so set your gain at around 3 or 4. Now break out the wah pedal and, rather than using it to accentuate notes by giving them a sudden harsh quality, slightly push the toe down to vary the tone throughout the solo's numerous transitions. On the first descending slide, for example, you need to pull back to accentuate the slide down, but very slightly! A strat-type guitar with the neck pickup selected is s good choice here.
Apart from the tricky rhythms, you'll want to be aware of the grace notes that can disrupt the rhythm even further. In bar five, the hammer-ons at the eight fret become easier if you barre the 8th fret on the highest two or three strings freeing your ring or pinkie to play the slide from the 11th. The same goes for bar 9.
Finally, in bar 5 (Definately the hardest bar!) beware of the string skippping at the 10th fret. It is viablee to pick these with your second finger if you want to feel really "country" although even this simple hybrid picking will take practice to the inexperienced. Get learning!