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> Cracking The Code Of Clever & Catchy Chromatic Chops 02, ** Part 02 of the lesson - the solo segment **
Jonas Tamas
post Feb 6 2013, 04:59 PM
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In one of my posts a few days ago, I have written about creating interesting chromatic lines in a riff. I have included an example with TAB and mp3 from a song called Golden Sun, and provided a detailed analysis on the different applications of chromatic passing tones. If you haven't read that post, you may want to read it now, before continuing with this post: https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=47765

Now, let’s take a look at the main solo theme over this riff. As you will see in the TAB, the theme is played by two guitars, harmonized in thirds. I have tabbed out both guitar tracks for you. In the first 2 bars, there aren’t any chromatic notes in the solo theme, so you can concentrate on the technical aspects. This theme is pretty fast, and it has some tricky spots in there: the picking pattern changes from sweep to alternate picking, and there are several position shifts for the left hand to, so you may want to start practicing really slowly and you should only increase the tempo, when you were able to play it perfectly on the slower tempo.

Bar 3 of the theme contains the same chromatic C note as the accompanying riff mentioned above. It serves the same purpose: by using a chromatic passing tone you create a bit of a tension, and it is resolved by the following note, which is in our case a C#. In the second half of this bar, the C#-C-C# line occurs again, this time an octave higher. The second harmony guitar plays an A#-A-A# line here, being a third lower than C#-C-C#.

In the last bar I have tabbed only the long closing notes of the two solo guitars. In the mp3 you can hear some monster combined tapping-sliding-arpeggio-legato licks every four bar, which are always different throughout the song. You can listen to the main theme and you can hear two versions of those licks by clicking here:


http://soundcloud.com/jonas-tamas/golden-sun-main-theme-1


And here is the TAB:

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So it is worth experimenting with chromatic notes.



A question: in your opinion, what's the best method using chromatic notes within the minor pentatonic scale?
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Todd Simpson
post Feb 8 2013, 04:24 PM
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Spiff! Maybe include the guitar pro files for folks as well if you are using GP, or TUX or what not. Most folks have Version 5 so if you are using Version 6, export as Version 5 for compatibility. Keep the licks coming!!

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Jonas Tamas
post Feb 8 2013, 08:00 PM
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Feb 8 2013, 03:24 PM) *
Spiff! Maybe include the guitar pro files for folks as well if you are using GP, or TUX or what not. Most folks have Version 5 so if you are using Version 6, export as Version 5 for compatibility. Keep the licks coming!!

Todd



Good idea, Todd! I attach the Guitar Pro files in 2 parts (GP5 version).




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Slavenko Erazer
post Feb 9 2013, 02:14 PM
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WOw,m very cool stuff Jonas, i need to give this a shot biggrin.gif
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post Feb 10 2013, 10:34 AM
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QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Feb 9 2013, 01:14 PM) *
WOw,m very cool stuff Jonas, i need to give this a shot biggrin.gif


I'm looking forward to hear it, so if you record it then please post it here!
Thanks a lot!:)


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post Feb 10 2013, 04:16 PM
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QUOTE (Jonas Tamas @ Feb 10 2013, 10:34 AM) *
I'm looking forward to hear it, so if you record it then please post it here!
Thanks a lot!:)


I can't record it since i'm not a fast as Romeo. i'm slow as Polar bear cool.gif

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post Feb 10 2013, 05:18 PM
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QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Feb 10 2013, 03:16 PM) *
I can't record it since i'm not a fast as Romeo. i'm slow as Polar bear cool.gif


In the download package you'll find a 80 BPM version backing track too, it is a lot easier.
Actually it is worth recording it, even if you play at slower speeds at first, because that way you can hear yourself playing the lick and you can analyze how cleanly and evenly you've just played it. Tempo is not important - what's important is your personal development, step by step.

So if you have time, I'd love to hear this lick played by you - even at 30-40 BPM Polar bear speed smile.gif


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post Feb 11 2013, 01:54 PM
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Hey Jonas, u can use your clever & catchy chromatic chops in our Student collab - "or no gloves at all"

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...t=0&start=0
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post Feb 11 2013, 02:09 PM
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QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Feb 11 2013, 01:54 PM) *
Hey Jonas, u can use your clever & catchy chromatic chops in our Student collab - "or no gloves at all"

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...t=0&start=0


Great! May I send an audio only solo too for the collab? This week I won't be near to my cam.


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QUOTE (Jonas Tamas @ Feb 11 2013, 02:09 PM) *
Great! May I send an audio only solo too for the collab? This week I won't be near to my cam.



No problem Jon. We're probably gonna prolong the collab's deadline for a week probably, due to some circumstances, so u can send audio , and video later, next week?
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post Feb 11 2013, 04:48 PM
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QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Feb 11 2013, 04:12 PM) *
No problem Jon. We're probably gonna prolong the collab's deadline for a week probably, due to some circumstances, so u can send audio , and video later, next week?


OK, hopefully next week I'll be able to do it!


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