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Descending sequence against that chromatic riff

Steve Morse with his MusicMan Y2D, London, Ontario, Feb 11, 2011; photo © Nick Soveiko cc-by-nc-sa

Steve Morse spoke to the Total Guitar and his interview became the basis for a feature promoting Whoosh, and how the new album harks back right into the classic Purple way of constructing the music:

I’m very proud to be still playing with my British brothers.

Diversity has been a big part of the sound. When you hear Highway Star – it wasn’t just blues. It had that structured element, there was a classical sequence that Jon would arpeggiate through in a descending sequence, against that chromatic riff. They were putting something beyond into a rock piece and turning it into something classical. There’s always been that blend, it’s been a part of Deep Purple for a long time.

It gets a lot more technical after that, so if you can tell your Phrygian Dominants from your arpeggiated chords, you can delve right into it on guitarworld.com. But don’t despair — there are also bits that are accessible for the rest of us.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

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