"Peg" Gets Pegged by Jon Herington

In my ongoing effort to transcribe everything around me, I decided to deconstruct Jon Herington's live solo on the YouTube video of Steely Dan's "Peg" I wrote about in a previous post.

Unlike Drew Zingg's approach to this tune, Jon quotes from the original Jay Graydon solo and then expands on what he was doing. This solo is more in the spirit of the studio version but with definite modern and personal touches from Jon.

Check it out (Jon's solo is the last one about 1:41 into the video):

Like Drew's, what stands out to me is the clarity of his ideas and his fantastic phrasing of them. The structure of Jon's solo is impeccable. He alternates at the beginning between quoting Graydon's signature double stop opening with open G-string pull-offs, back to the double stops and then more pull-offs, only pausing to drop in some nice string bending technique, the last one with an added right-hand tapped note to a high B to nail the 3rd of the G chord in the harmony. This is like a rock soloing 101 class.

The rest of the solo is Jon showing his taste and chops with melodic bends and phrases interspersed with some really nice line playing and even returning to some more open string pull off lines. Interestingly he finishes the solo with a chromatic sequence that is not that different from the one that Drew Zingg employed in his solo. Maybe Donald Fagen requests that of all his guitarists.

Check out the transcription, my analysis is below each staff in blue.

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  1. in the last measure. Are those chromatic sixth's all picked or are some pull offs?

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  3. Hey Mark-- it sounds to me like he picks on the downbeat, pulls off, picks on the upbeat, then slides. Kind of makes sense physically but it's hard to tell from the recording if that's exactly what's happening. Just a guess.