Riff 11:  A little blues lick in "A".

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Riff A1: midi file   RiffA1.wav (55Kbs)

Riff 12:  Diamond Darrell I'm not, but here's a cool riff by him from "Vulgar Display of Power" - By Demons be Driven (trk 10).  The trick here is to get that "E" on the "G" string to ring and give a nice harmonic (shown as the 9 on the TAB).  I try... I put a sub-harmonic on this using my Korg AX1000G to try and simulate the sound. On my CD it's sounds like Darrell is tuned a half or whole step down, but I kept this in standard tuning (in E). This is actually harder to play than it sounds - give it a try.

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Riff bdbd: midi file   Riffbdbd.wav(320Kbs)

Riff 13: The "pinch" harmonic.  Listening to Diamond Darrell you'll hear alot of harmonics or "squeals" as I call them - example  First, you need heavy distortion for the effect, Second you need to learn how to "pinch" the pick and string to get the harmonic to ring out.  My best explanation is this - While bending a note (the D in the TAB), pinch your pick with your thumb and first finger so that only a hair of the pick is visible.  When you pick the string the skin on your thumb should (lightly) touch the string - this is what obtains the desired "squeal".  Practice this over different areas around your pickups as it will produce different harmonics depending on where you pick. Remember - pick lightly, just nicking the string

       D    C   A


Riff 14:  Fun with Alternate tunings.  There are many artists using alt tunings these days.  A popular alt tuning is a drop "D", where the guitar is tuned down one whole step - giving lower "beefier" sounding chords.   I show an example here of a drop "B", where the low "E" is actually tuned to a low "B".  The rest of the strings I left in std tuning.  The result is a very mean sounding chord...have fun with it !


dropb.wav (197Kbs)

Riff 15:  Basic Scale.  Here's a basic major scale that sees alot of use.  You can run through it for finger exercises to improve speed/accuracy - and generally stretch those fingers out.  I show this in "D".  I've added a little example riff just to demonstrate what you can do with the notes, rather than just run up and down the scale.  It makes practicing scales a little more fun.  For the tone on this piece, I'm using my beater Charvel, and the Wah on my AX1000G with the pedal just sitting about 3/4 depressed.


scalex1.mid   scalex1.wav (192Kbs)

My scale above is based on the Dmaj Ionian scale -- You may have seen the Dmaj Ionian scale pattern shown as below -- The notes in my version are the same - D E F# G A B C# - Ionian mode I.


For those of you studying the CAGED system, The Dmaj Ionian scale is based on the "E" shape (voicing) of the "Dmaj" chord as shown below. All Ionian scales are based on the "E" shape or pattern - determined by your starting note (in this case D) Also notice the "E" shape or pattern is the fingering for any major barre chord... I see lights coming on.

      C           A            G             E             D

If you're new to the CAGED system and confused by all of this -- you're not alone. In layman's terms -- try to imagine all major chord fingerings are based on one of the major (open) chord types - C A G E D. In this example - you can play a "D maj" with 5 different fingerings (voicings) using the CAGED system. The 4 (non-open) fingered chords are also known as "movable chords" that you can use anywhere on the fretboard in different keys. For all the gut-wrenching theory behind scales and modes - I'd recommend a good guitar theory book (and alot of coffee).

Riff 16:  A simple bend and pick.  Here's a very common bend and pick lick.  Bend the "A" up (14 on the Tab) - hold it and pick the "D" (15 on the Tab).  Pick the A (that you're holding bended) and release back down. This is in the key of "E" for those keeping track.

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Riff 17:  Another hammer and pull-off.  This one's a little tricky at first.  Pick the G, holding your first finger on it, hammer and pull-off the G# back to the G, then pick the E.  Trick here is to hammer and pull-off that G#

   G G# G  E


Riff 18:  Black Dog Intro by Led Zeppelin.  Tricky part here is the fingering - I've posted the fingering numbers on the first tab.  It's especially critical on the last series of runs - you'll need to use that ring finger well and throw the pinky over the top to play at normal speed.  Of course, this is based on the A (minor) pentatonic scale, like most of Page's leads.  I don't think you need to hear me play this one...the midi plays it slow enough for you to follow the TAB.

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  4 1 2 3 4 1 4 4 1 1 4 1 4 4 1 4                 A5




Riff 19 :  Intro to Plush by the Stone Temple Pilots.


plush.wav (150Kbs)

Riff 20:   A pinky slide.  This is a little metal trick that I've heard George Lynch (Dokken) use alot - 1st riff.  The second is a similar one I pulled from a Metallica tune (same principle).  I've shown the basic notes hear on the TAB - they're not real chords, just two fingered jobs where you slide your pinky up or down one fret.

|------------------|         |-------------------|
|------------------|         |-------------------|
|------------------|         |-------------------|
|--7--8--7---------|         |--9--10--8--9------|
|--5--5--5---------|         |--7---7--7--7------|
|------------------|         |--0---x--x--0------|

riff18.wav            riff19.wav

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Tablature Legend
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 / \  - slide into or out of
 ~   - vibrato
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls

** Generated using Power Tab Editor by Brad Larsen: The Official Power Tab Web Site

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