I have been playing guitar for over ten years, but in about the past five years, I do not think I have improved much. I recently decided I want to change that, starting by trying to understand the music that I play better. My first step in this is learning some music theory and scales.
Currently, I am trying to play and understand 'Brothers in Arms' by Dire Straits. I believe the key of this song is G# minor. The notes in this scale are G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E, F#, and G#. Somewhere in the song (2:28 in the 7:04-version of the song), I hear the following lick;
X:1 L:1/16 M:C K:G#m %%score T1 V:T1 clef=treble-8 % 1 [V:T1] z4 (f^e)de a,8
E|-------------| B|-7p6---6-----| G|-----8-------| D|---------8---| A|-------------| E|-------------|
The 6th fret on the B-string is an E# that falls outside of the regular minor scale. This note is also used in a lick closely after. To a novice like myself, just having learned about scales, this feels counterintuitive. I can hear it sounds good here, but when I try and play the note in other places, it usually feels out of place.
Can anyone explain to me why this sounds good here? Or did I make any wrong assumptions, or am I merely overanalyzing now?