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> Hektor Tamer Of Horses Solo Pt 2
Ben Higgins
post May 28 2015, 10:18 AM
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Welcome to the concluding part of the solo for "Hektor, Tamer of Horses." Last time you learned the 1st section which was a busy tapping arpeggio sequence.

We continue from there...

After the last tapped arpeggio you dive straight into even more tapping. The good news is that there is less complex, stretchy movements this time. However, the timing is a little confusing because I fit in 5 notes for every shape.

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There are 2 fretted notes and 1 tapped note for each shape that I move around the neck. So 3 fingers involved.

I tap twice really fast which gives me my first 4 notes. Remember that when I tap and pull-off I am sounding a fretted note, ok? So by tapping twice, I automatically get 2 fretted notes as well, bringing it up to 4. All I do then is pull off onto another fretted note. That makes it 5 notes.

It's actually a really simple shape but it sounds complex because of the speed.

To help you with the timing, just imagine that each 5 note pattern takes up the same amount of time as 3 16th note triplets.

What we do is then just move the 5 note shape through the scale of C#m. (Or, if you wish, through the modes of A Lydian and B Mixolydian.). There's no real reason why I picked a certain route through the scale so just learn the shapes here that take you up to the high E string.

At last we get to ditch the tapping and use our picks again!

What follows is just a bendy phrase in the C#m Pentatonic scale. Nothing too challenging. Just make sure you time the bends well so that the rest of the phrase doesn't get thrown out of time.

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Here's the grand finale - sweep arpeggios!

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First off is an E Major arpeggio. Pay attention to the pick strokes that I use. I use a down stroke to start with and then pull-off to the second note. From there the sweeping part begins. When you get back to the E string again notice that you need to pick 3 notes in succession using alternate picking. This takes you to the next arpeggio shape, which is an F#m sweep.

This one is noticeably different because there's a fast hammer-on/pull-off at the beginning. You have to be quick to fit this in but it sounds harder than it is. Just be light and dainty with your hammering finger and you'll fit it in just fine.

As in the previous shape, you have to pick 3 notes on the high E string in succession using alternate picking. As you reach the last note you pick again and bend it up a whole tone.

PDF, GPro here & don't forget you can find the backing track on the previous thread.

Attached File  Hektor_Tamer_of_Horses_Solo_pt2.pdf ( 141.63K ) Number of downloads: 71

Attached File  Hektor_Tamer_of_Horses_Solo_pt2.gp5 ( 3.81K ) Number of downloads: 32

Congratulations. You have reached the end.

In this track I seemed to pay a lot of attention to relating arpeggios to the chords in the background. I'm not sure if this was a conscious decision or not but I would guess not. I just go with what sounds right. Those last 2 arpeggios show you that you can use sweep arpeggios and stay musical. They're a "blink and you'll miss it" kind of moment. Not overdone. They just pop in right at the end to give things a final lift.

As I mentioned in the first thread covering this solo, I wanted an earthy, natural sound in this track, hence the use of less distortion in many places and the use of the neck pickup. I was planning to write a song inspired by Achilles and I wanted a track about his counterpart, Hektor, to be reflective of the differing personas given in the legend of the Trojan war.

I'd recently finished David Gemmell's excellent Troy trilogy which veered away from Homer's version of the story but nevertheless was an excellent and inspiring journey which served to fill out other possible aspects of the main characters and events. Achilles is a revered, legendary warrior who led a fast and bloody life, eager for glory at the vanguard of any attack. Consumed by bloodlust and revenge, he is Hektor's nemesis in the Iliad. Hektor is just as legendary a warrior and no less fearless but perhaps had the courage of a mortal compared to the frenzied temerity of Achilles' youth. Hektor, as a whole comes across as the more noble character and I wanted 'his' song to reflect that.

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