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Riff 31: Hammer-ons, pull offs and tapping. The first example is just a left handed 2 fingered hammer-on, pull off. The second example adds the right hand tapping the 12th fret.

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hammer1.wav
 

|-12-8-5-12-8-5-12-8-5-12-8-5-12-8-5-12-8-5-12-7-4-12-7-4-12-7-4-12-7-4-12-7-4------|
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hammer2.wav


Riff 32: Playing low on the neck. Now when you play riffs low on the neck you need to use a combination of fingered and open notes, especially with riffs in E. We'll look at two familiar licks here so you can get the idea.

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|--2b3--0--------------2b3--0-----------------------|
|----------2-----0--2----------2-----0--2-----------|
|---------------------------------------------------|
|-------------0-------------------0-----------------|
Lenny.wav

|--------------------------------------------------------------|
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|-----------------2b3--1--2--1--------------------2b3--1--2----|
|--------0--2-------------------2--------0--2------------------|
|--0--2----------------------------0--2------------------------|
|--------------0-------------------------------0---------------|
Jimmy.wav


Riff 33: More fun with alt. tunings. - Drop Tuning. Very simply you tune the guitar down a whole step : D-G-C-F-A-D This lick is basically the same as Riff 24, just using the whole step drop tuning. If you just drop the E to a D, you'll get the infamous DropD tuning. You'll find this alot in nu-metal tunes.
dropD.wav


Riff 34: Advanced theory and technique. Here I show the A minor harmonic scale, followed by the A minor arpeggio. They go together very well, and are used extensively by Petrucci, Gilbert, Malmsteen and other shredders. Playing arpeggios requires the use of "sweep picking", where you hold the pick still picking down on the "up" runs and pulling it back up over the strings on the "down" run. Basically, you're "dragging" the pick down and back up, in a "sweep" - one "down" and one "up" movement. Is it hard to do ? ...Hell yes !

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  Gtr I
|--------------------------------7-8-10-8-7---------------------------------|
|-------------------------6-9-10------------10-9-6--------------------------|
|-------------------5-7-9--------------------------9-7-5--------------------|
|-------------6-7-9--------------------------------------9-7-6--------------|
|-------5-7-8--------------------------------------------------8-7-5--------|
|-5-7-8--------------------------------------------------------------8-7-5--|


|----------------12-17-12-------------------|
|-------------13----------13----------------|
|----------14----------------14-------------|
|-------14----------------------14----------|
|-12-15----------------------------15-12----|
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Aminharm.mid


Riff 35: More blues in A. This uses a variation of blues/jazz chords which flow very nicely together. I heard Rick Deringer use these chords years ago in a slow blues rhythm, and they've stuck with me. The mid is just the chords - A1 is the rhythm riff and A2 is the rhythm with a lead on top.

   A#m7   C#maj7 Am9   Eb9   D9
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|----6-----6-----5-----6-----5----|
|----6-----6-----5-----6-----5----|
|----6-----6-----5-----5-----4----|
|----------------0-----6-----5----|
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bluesA1.mid   bluesA1.wav   bluesA2.wav



Riff 36: A beginner lesson in tone and sustain using the neck pickup position. Here's a demo on using your neck pickup (via the p/up selector switch). I'm using my Washburn N4 with an ebony fretboard on this, it has great sustain. When playing high on the fretboard, use your neck p/up position you should get some great tone and sustain. This is how Slash gets those dreamy notes out of his LP on the intro to "Sweet Child O' Mine". He also uses a BOSS CS-2 Compressor/Sustainer which helps, but you don't necessarily need one.

NeckSus.wav (318kbs)



Riff 37: The galloping pick and Palm muting. This is a useful picking technique you'll find in alot of metal songs. Basically, you picking D-U-D repeatedly (like a gallop) while muting the strings you're galloping on with your palm. Just lay the palm of your picking hand on top of the strings by the bridge, with just enough pressure to hear the notes, but get some definition between them. If you're just starting out, it's fairly difficult, and may sound rough at first, but will come with time. The lick I'm playing here is from an old Iron Maiden tune.

Galup.wav




Riff 38: Rock'N'Roll by Led Zeppelin. Basic rock'n'roll..

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|---2---2-5-2-4------2----|---2---2-5-2-4-------2----|
|-0---4---------3b4r=0----|-0---4---------3b4r==0----|
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|---2---2-5-2-4------2----|--------------------------|
|-0---4---------3b4r=0----|---2---2-5-2-4-------2----|
|-------------------------|-0---4---------3b4r==0----|
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|-------------------------|---2---2-5-2-4-------2----|
|---2---2-5-2-4------2----|-0---4---------3b4r==0----|
|-0---4---------3b4r=0----|--------------------------|


rocknroll.wav

Now when it comes to the chords in rock'n'roll, they're very simple to play as long as you throw the chord book out that shows the three fingered A maj chord. Use your first finger and barre it ! This leaves your middle finger available to hit the "G" and "C" in between the A maj and D maj cohrds.

 Amaj                             D maj (interval)
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|---2----2----2----2----2----------2----2----2----2----2----|
|---2----2----2----2----2----------0----0----0----0----0----|
|---0----0----0----0----0-------3-----3----3----3----3------|
|-3----3----3----3----3-------------------------------------|


After this series of A's and D's, you go to E maj - then D maj, pause, back to the beginning.

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|--9---9---11--9---9---9---11--9---9---9---11--9---9---9---11--9---7---|
|--7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---5---|
|--0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0-------|


rocknroll2.wav (283 Kbs)




Riff 39: The "tapped" harmonic. Basically, to obtain the harmonic you pick one note then tap the same note with your finger high on the neck. Example - On this run, after I pick the "D" (G string 7th fret), I tap my right hand finger on the G string 19th fret (also a D), to obtain an artificial harmonic. Remember to hold your left hand on the picked note while tapping the harmonic.

artharmonic.wav


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Tablature Legend
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 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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