Improv Dimebag Style
Khaos
Aug 20 2007, 10:54 AM
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Alright, first off, I'm not even sure if this is the correct board to post this topic in, but if the mods feel this post is un-necessary to the forum they can just lock it up. tongue.gif (BTW: I made this post a long time ago at UG and no one was too interested, my username there is Abbott. tongue.gif)

I've always been a enormous dimebag fanatic, and if I had some way of recording this textual lesson, I would.

The purpose of this post is to show you a lot of simple techniques done by the great Dimebag Darrell, his mixture of de-tuned guitars, fast riffs, amazing vibrato, and unique sound really define him as a amazing guitarist.

I've been observing dime's old playing styles, one of the main thing I noticed that he really , really, really, based himself of the pentatonic scales like crazy, he could take a pentatonic box, do a really modern day bluesy lick, and just improvise off that till he got something he liked.

Dime was a major fan of this sort of lick, I noticed that a lot of the time he'd work inside the pentatonic box and work his way up to a certain lick, then repeat the lick a few times with a few minor changes. I also picked off that he would like to bend up to the note he wanted to end on.

Example:

He wants to end on the 7th fret, 3rd string. He would usually end by bending on the 5th fret on the 3rd string, to make the lick/run sound longer and fuller.

(I winged this just for a small demonstration):

CODE
E E Q S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
E||---------------5---------5-----|----------------------------------|
B||-----5--8br------5-8-5-----5---|----------5---5-----------5-------|
G||--x--------------------8-----8-|--7-5-7-8---7---8-7-5-7-8---8-7-5-|
D||-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A||-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
E||-------------------------------|----------------------------------|


S S S S S E Q
---------------------|----||
---------------------|----||
--8-7-5---5----5b----|----||
--------7---7--x-----|----||
---------------------|----||
---------------------|----||


I attached a GP file for anyone that has GP, this ASCII text tab doesn't really do the lick justice.


So as you can see by that demonstration, it's mainly pentatonic, a lot of repetition, but every now and then he'd throw in a few "odd" notes to give it a weird vibe, and make it sound like he wasn't just repeating the same pattern. I have a lot of other demonstrations of Dime's playing that I will continue to update about if this thread is successful, if not, I hope somebody learned something. unsure.gif
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