Shredding the Canon in D

by Santiago Diaz Garces

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  • Hi GMC. How’s it going?. On this new lesson we’ll work over 4 variations on the chord cadence of the ultra-well-known Pachelbel Canon. On the first sequence, we’ll work on arpeggios with string skipping, very on the Paul Gilbert style. It requires specially attention, keeping the note duration in the properly way and work correctly the legatos, getting a balanced sound between legato notes and pick-stroked notes. On the second sequence, we’ll work on arpeggios combining sweep picking with tapping. In this case, we have to be sure of keeping the 16th note sextuplet balanced (because these are 2 techniques that are difficult to keep rhythmically) and trying to get an unique volume, specially when backing from legatos. On the third sequence, we’ll work on arpeggios with tapping and, this time, we have to pay specially attention to the volume, because we’re working with 2 hands and legatos. It becomes very difficult to keep a balanced and clear tone. I highly recommend to start working this slow, and then, increasing speed with the metronome. On the last sequence, we’ll work on tapping, more in the Van Halen style, but adding some string skipping.

    YOU MUST WORK THESE LINES WITH METRONOME AND SLOWLY, at least, until you memorize it and get a fluid playing.

    Enjoy and for anything you need, just ask me.

    See you on the next lesson!

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