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Lesson No. 1000

by Kristofer Dahl

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  • " Hey Kris, did you know that we have a thousand lessons at GMC today? "
    " Yeah - I knew that "
    " Kris - do you always speak to yourself? "
    " It happens "
    " Hey you little Krissy-maggot, close your mouth and play, you little random maggot! "
    " Yeah - let's play "


    The last year I have been practicing two major areas on the guitar - phrasing and chops! The chops part is done by focusing on my problem areas with the metronome, and the phrasing part is mostly done in my head. Now there is one exception to the later - and that is to practice swingy phrasing, which I discuss in part 1(spoken video).

    If you combine some swingy phrasing, a high-gain amplifier with a tube screamer on top of it, and lots of artificial harmonics screams and some occasional shred runs - this solo is what you might end up with.

    For all the speed runs in this lesson - I rely on heavy legato playing to make up for my picking mistakes. What I mean by that is - that thanks to hammer-ons and pull-offs - I can [to a certain extent] mask that fact I am not picking all the time (and heck - even mask that I am unintentionally missing some faster notes here and there).

    Also - I have found that this approach gives me better conditions for good hand synchronization - which is essential to good tone!

    If you want to have a go at this approach - then practice your picking runs with legato-only as well. (In other words use as little picking as possible and concentrate on hammer-ons and pull-offs instead).

    I use raked notes throughout this whole solo - usually prior to hitting the first note of every phrase. This means that I am sweeping across damped strings before hitting the first note - see the "x"s in the tab below. Once you get a hang of this you can do it to your heart's desire wherever you feel like in this solo.

    E----------------------------------------------|
    B---------3b-----------------------------3b----|
    G------x------4p2-4~-----------------2-4----2~-|
    D----x------------------4/\-----2-4------------|
    A--x-------------------------------------------|
    E----------------------------------------------|

    On a side note: You might have noticed we have a new, wider and bigger player in this lesson - this is how all GMC lessons will look in the near future! :D
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