Allman Brothers Band – Blue Sky – Dickey Betts’ Solo

In the 3rd and final installment of my Allman Brothers Band "Blue Sky" lesson we take a look at the 2nd guitar solo (Dickey Betts' solo) from the "Eat A Peach" album.

Dickey Betts' solo is pretty much a masterclass in taking a handful of notes and weaving them into an endless number of beautiful melodies. This solo is based out of an E major pentatonic scale with the added 4th degree (also known as a hexatonic scale).


Dickey's solo on "Blue Sky" truly is a masterclass in major scale improvisation, as well as an affirmation in the axiom "less is more". Armed with just six notes of the major scale, Dickey is able to weave these notes into an endless number of melodies that just feel good. 

Download the transcription below and work on nailing this solo. Once you've mastered Dickey's solo, see if you can come up with your own phrases in the style of the great Dickey Betts. One quick note about the transcriptions: even though I broke these two transcriptions into Duane's and Dickey's transcriptions, I'm not implying these are exact transcriptions of their parts from the record. What I can say for sure is that Duane's transcription contains Duane's solo and Dickey's transcription contains Dickey's solo (and harmony parts). Other than that, I've arranged them into a two guitar part transcription and ask the player to interpret them as they will.

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  • Lucky says:

    THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU…what a beautiful solo and what a great lesson!!!!

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