In general, playing guitar parts that are highly inventive and tap directly into chord harmonies is a true musical gift. And, one style that captures the very essence of this concept is, Soul/Rhythm and Blues.
There's certainly something smooth and in the pocket about all of those slick guitar parts found in some of the classic; Bill Withers, Sam and Dave, or Al Green songs. And, guitar players like Steve Cropper had a very unique way of playing for the song, devising those flawless guitar riffs and interesting compact licks & fills that really define both his talent and the great music that he co-wrote and produced.
In order to make a study of how to approach, "Playing for the Song," we need to adopt a few simple attitudes, such as; the "Less is More Principle," and the overall ability to, "Imply Chords," with small lines and double-stops.
In the video, (and in the detailed 7 page accompanying Handout PDF for this lesson that you can download via the link under the video below), I run through a collection of musical examples for things that you can start doing right away to help you, "Play to the Song."
Watch the video lesson below:
Head over to My Website and download the free PDF handout with all of the examples from the video in TAB, as well as, two (2) free MP3 Jam-Tracks for this guitar lesson.