Set The Pace

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi GMCers! Welcome to my latest lesson which is about changing the pace of your solo to make it more interesting. Instead of just shredding through a load of 16th notes and creating a one dimensional solo, experiment with different note values and learn how they sound over the beat. You can stick with straight notes or use triplets, but they can also be slow or fast.

    However, I don't want you to get too immersed in the musical theory side of things. Instead I want you to be able to conjure up these timing variations at will, without having to think about it. Let it become part of your natural playing style. Learn to feel it.

    Even shred meisters such as Yngwie Malmsteen know how to vary the pace to get the effect they want. Listen to Yngwie's solos on "Far Beyond The Sun" or "Evil Eye" for an example of how he can switch from super fast runs to short, staccato phrases all in the blink of an eye.

    Above all, enjoy this lesson and use it to create some tempo changing ideas of your own!

    Key:
    B Aeolian

    Tempo:
    105bpm

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    Check out my High Risk Collaboration that features a backing track from this lesson.

    The only opponent is within./ Ben

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