Defining Armageddon - Solo

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi GMCers! This time I thought I'd do something different and share a solo with you that I wrote years ago for a song called 'Defining Armageddon' from my band The Reckoning. It's a good example of how a few well placed licks can make a solo sound more complex than it actually is.

    It's an up tempo solo which uses notes from the Dminor and Dm Pentatonic scale, with the occasional flat5th (tritone) thrown in ! The challenge in this lesson is more of a challenge of timing and phrasing rather than technique. There is a small amount of alternate picking, a mini sweep and some economy picking.. but rather than see them as separate technqiues, it is best to approach the phrases as pieces of music which require you to play a certain way. You might find that you play them with different picking patterns than me.. this is not a bad thing because the end result is the solo, not the techniques!

    Pay attention to how the solo responds to the backing chords. In some places the notes echo the rhythm of the chords which enhances the relationship of the music and prevents it from sounding like a bunch of techniques played over some chords. This is what we strive for as musicians. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves: It's not always what we play, it's what we don't play!

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