When The Guitar Cries 3

by Krisztian Lovrek

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  • Hi GMC-ers and welcome to my newest lesson!
    I got very positive feedback and messages regarding the first two When The Guitar Cries-lessons and some of you asked me to continue this series, that's why I decided to.
    Here is the 3rd part. In this case, aside from the vibrato playing we will concentrate on the slide technique too.
    The cool slow playing consists of many tiny nuances, one if them being the slide technique. Here I'm thinking principally about the note to note sliding, as well as the slide from nowhere technique. You can find a lot of slides of this type of technique in this lesson.
    As I mentioned before every guitar playing can be analyzed. When I was young I analyzed Joe Satriani's playing a lot, and I discovered this (and many others of course) technique in his music and guitar playing.
    In other aspects, this lesson has a modulation, so two different keys changing (Am7/9 and Ab maj7). Generally the rock/metal solos are in only one key, it's rare that the keys change all the time. This is more typical to the world of rock fusion/jazz.

    So, in this lesson we have the opportinity to practice modulation aside from vibratos, bending and sliding. Pay attention to the vibrato, it should not be too nervous! Mosquito vibrato, as previously mentioned, should be avoided.
    The difference between a normal and a mosquito vibrato can be observed in the illustration provided. The vertical axis shows the measure of vibration (the string's amplitude), and the horizontal axis, the time.
    The solo was built up focusing on melody, there are only few fast runs, but you can subtitute them with slower runs ( using the same scale ), or you can leave them off totally.

    I hope that this lesson could help you!

    Used techniques:

    -whammy bar
    -palm muting
    -alternate picking

    Used Gear: Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature (Elixir Strings), Diezel VH-4 amp with Diezel 4x12 cab. Recorded with Shure SM57and Samson C01. Drums: Roland TD-3.

    Happy practicing!


    Note: I always work with Power Tab which I prefer much much better than the Guitar Pro. Unfortunately during importing some mistakes occur which I can’t avoid. If you need the perfect version in ptb format, pls let me know via P.M.

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