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Henry Dietzel
post May 15 2008, 03:57 PM
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Hey GMC my name is Hammerin Hank

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I currently live in Boston Massachusetts. I am 28 years old and have been writing music and playing guitar on and off for 10 years. I work as a mortgage lender during the day but I am a musician. I have played in bands across the country throughout the years and have enjoyed music since a young age.

There are so, so, many musicians and guitarists I enjoy. Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Eric Johnson, Johny Greenwood, Slash, Larry Carlton, Marty Friedman, and especially all of you at GMC…..so many exceptional players here.

I am currently recovering from tendonitis and I am trying to get back in the swing of things slowly so this site has already proven to be very valuable for me. The catalog of players and knowledge here is like no other I have come across on the web ever.
(Thanks Kris “the GMC genius”)

Other than music, which takes up a good part of my day, I enjoy spending time with my lady having fun and trying to stay busy. I am working on getting the proper setup for video lessons so this is just an audio lesson today. I have received so much help from all of you already I feel it is time to give back a little with this lesson.

There are many things I am still unfamiliar with regarding music, drum programming for instance so please bear with me on the quality of this. I recorded the backing track using my keyboard for bass and drums so excuse the sound....I'm working on learning how to program.


I hope my choice of riffs and playing style will inspire you.

This lesson will be focusing mainly on the solo section from a song that was written a few years back. The title of the track is Rooftops. In this lesson I will be breaking the solo into *4 parts* . I have found practicing long riffs in parts allows you to get the riffs perfected easier. During this lesson I will be incorporating hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, vibrato, along with bending and some legato.

Are you…ready?.....Let’s get into it.....

The backing track is mainly focused on a variation of B maj and A maj
Give a listen to the complete track to get the strumming pattern down.
Here it is

e|---0--0-0----0---------|---0--0-0----0---------|
b|---0--0-0----0---------|---0--0-0----0---------|
g|---8--8-8----6---------|---8--8-8----6---------|
d|---9--9-9----7---------|---9--9-9----7--—-7/9--|
a|---9--9-9----7--—-7/9--|---9--9-9----7----—----|
e|---7--7-7----5---------|---7--7-7----5---------|

The solo section focuses on the B dorian with a little improvising on my part.
I add a few notes that are not part of the mode as you will notice

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These are all the notes I use to play the entire solo

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Here is the complete track and how it should sound. Listen to it a few times to get familiar with it.

Attached File  rooftops_solo_WBT_90bpm.mp3 ( 393.09K ) Number of downloads: 854




Ok now that you've listen to it let's move forward breaking this into the 4 parts I discussed earlier.
I will briefly explain each part followed by audio of each riff. First I will play the riff slow and then
at regular speed.

*Part 1*

This first example incorporates the hammer-on, pull-off, and slide technique. The x's represent a mute.
Using your left hand you will want to mute the strings and pick down stroke, upstroke. I have posted
backing tracks at the bottom please utilize these for practicing all 4 sections individually.
Attached File  part_1.mp3 ( 251.47K ) Number of downloads: 427

e|-----------------|–----------------------------|
b|-----------------|-----------------------------|
g|-------x-x-------|–7h9p7\6-----6h7p6-----------|
d|-------x-x---7h9-|–---------9---------9-7-9----|
a|-7h9---x-x-------|–-------------------------9\-|
e|-----------------|–----------------------------|


Got it down? Great, let's continue....

*Part 2*

This next section I continue using the same techniques as before now playing some notes legato.
At the end the ~ symbol represents vibrato.
Attached File  part_2.mp3 ( 240.84K ) Number of downloads: 309

e|-----------------7h9h10p9p7------7---------|
b|----------7h9h10-------------10-----10/12--|
g|--7h9h10-----------------------------------|
d|-------------------------------------------|
a|-------------------------------------------|
e|-------------------------------------------|

e|----------10-14p10-12p10-9-10-9h10p9-------|
b|-10-12-14----------------------------12/14~|
g|-------------------------------------------|
d|-------------------------------------------|
a|-------------------------------------------|
e|-------------------------------------------|


Well done!! Let's continue....

*Part 3*

We continue using the same techniques except this time we will be adding some bending notes. The parentheses indicate the note you should be bending to.
Example: 9b(11)br9 would mean you are bending the E note on the 9th fret up a whole note to sound like a Gb or the 11th fret. The br is a bend release that means after bending up to the Gb you are releasing the bend back to the 9th fret the E.
Remember take your time and feel free to message me if any of this is confusing.
Attached File  part_3.mp3 ( 269K ) Number of downloads: 294

e|--14-13-12-11-10h11p10----------------------------|
b|-----------------------12-10----------------------|
g|------------------------------11-10-9-7h8p7-------|
d|---------------------------------------------9-7--|
a|--------------------------------------------------|
e|--------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------|
b|-----------------------------|
g|--------7-9b(11)br9-6b(7)br6-|
d|-9-7-------------------------|
a|-----9-----------------------|
e|-----------------------------|

The final stretch!!!!

*Part 4*

This last section is using techniques which were covered above. Listen to the audio to get the feel.
Attached File  part_4.mp3 ( 255.13K ) Number of downloads: 281

e|------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
b|------------------------------|-----------------------------9b(10)---|
g|-9-7-9-7\6----7----6-7p6----6-|-------7-9-9b(11)br9p7---7-7----------|
d|------------9----9--------9---|-9p7-9-----------------9--------------|
a|------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
e|------------------------------|--------------------------------------|

GREAT JOB!!!

Here are the backing tracks from slowest to regular speed.
Attached File  rooftops_BT_70bpm.mp3 ( 499.63K ) Number of downloads: 323

Attached File  rooftops_BT_75bpm.mp3 ( 467.39K ) Number of downloads: 285

Attached File  rooftops_BT_80bpm.mp3 ( 440.45K ) Number of downloads: 266

Attached File  rooftops_BT_90bpm.mp3 ( 396.78K ) Number of downloads: 330


I hope you enjoyed my lesson. Remember to always start slow and make sure you are playing clean. Speed up only when completely confident with your riff. Speed will develop as long as you remember to always use a metronome when practicing.

Feel free to ask me if there is something I haven’t clearly covered or you need any help.

Till next time-good luck and keep rocking!!

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post May 15 2008, 07:07 PM
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blink.gif Wow - well done Hammerin. This is some very tasty playing. Thanks for this lesson! biggrin.gif


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post May 15 2008, 07:37 PM
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Wow, very nice HH - a lot of feel and fluidity there - the sort of thing that sounds easy but is really hard to play well!


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post May 15 2008, 07:40 PM
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Nice one Hank, really well played


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post May 15 2008, 07:41 PM
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Nice, great lesson smile.gif
Thanks man!
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post May 15 2008, 07:55 PM
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Hi I also live in Boston. Like the city.


That's a really nice lesson. Thanks biggrin.gif

Are you playing venues here?? Band??





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post May 15 2008, 08:00 PM
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Excellent lesson smile.gif Well done!


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post May 15 2008, 08:15 PM
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Nice lesson hank, this song is full of feeling


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post May 15 2008, 08:56 PM
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Sweet! Really excellent playing!
I hope to see more lessons!


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post May 15 2008, 09:10 PM
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Great lesson man! Great job! smile.gif


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post May 15 2008, 09:33 PM
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Nice sounding solo! I think this is a great lesson showing how you can incorparate some chromatics in you'r solo to give it a more unique touch smile.gif


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post May 15 2008, 10:25 PM
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nicely done Hank .great work


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Henry Dietzel
post May 15 2008, 11:00 PM
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Thank you all, I am pumped you enjoyed my 1st lesson. I am hoping to get some more up soon.




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Are you playing venues here?? Band??

I am no longer playing out in a band....limited time these days. I have been working through the computer and at studios collaberating and writing with other musicians putting together a catalog of songs.
With GMC I can keep that Steely Dan thing going on with all you guys & girls!!

I am really excited to be a member here

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post May 15 2008, 11:02 PM
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Excellent lesson! Cool sound you have there smile.gif
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Henry Dietzel
post May 15 2008, 11:04 PM
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QUOTE (DeepRoots @ May 15 2008, 06:02 PM) *
Excellent lesson! Cool sound you have there smile.gif

Thanks DR!! Glad you enjoyed it, stay tuned for more to come!

Quick question Deep Roots, how does one become a student instructor?

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post May 15 2008, 11:04 PM
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post May 15 2008, 11:14 PM
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Excellent first lesson Hank!! You did a very good job! smile.gif


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Henry Dietzel
post May 16 2008, 03:26 AM
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Thanks supersize! You to Bogdan!!! Glad you guys enjoyed it.


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post May 16 2008, 09:24 PM
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Very well played Hank. Liked it alot. Nice explanations as well. smile.gif


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post May 20 2008, 01:15 AM
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Well..

I'd take guitar lessons from you.

Nice job mate. smile.gif.



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