Doug Aldrich Style

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to my new lesson in the style of Doug Aldrich!

    "Doug Aldrich (born February 19, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina), is a Los Angeles-based hard rock guitarist, since 2002 a member of Whitesnake." - Wikipedia

    Doug is one of those players who really knows how to use the pentatonic scale. He uses a lot of blues based licks with a mixture of picking and legato to attain a very smooth and exciting style of playing. He is also notable for playing using a classical guitar position, where the hand is upright, not angled. This makes it harder to perform string bends but it can be developed just like any other technique. However, the advantages of a classical guitar hand position are an improved reach and an advantageous position for performing legato.

    I've given you some rhythm work to ease you into the lesson before hitting the solo.
    For the rhythm track, I've used modern day Whitesnake as an influence.

    This lesson will work on:

    - Hammer ons / Pull offs
    - Alternate picking
    - Bending
    - Phrasing using the minor pentatonic scale

    You can't really rock without the pentatonic so what are you waiting for? Get learning!

    E A D G B E - Standard Tuning


    Marshall JVM 410H
    OD1, Red setting. BASS 5, MID 7, TREB 7, GAIN 4


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