Yngwie Four Note Runs

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi and welcome to my latest lesson. This time we're looking at a frequent feature of Yngwie Malmsteen's guitar playing. Four note sequences that move up and down on one string.

    How can we play four notes on one string whilst only using 3 fingers? Simple. We simply use the last finger that fretted a note and we slide it to the next scale position. However, we're playing these sequences with alternate picking and ever note is picked. So, when we slide that finger to the next position we pick at the same time.

    This means that we have to be very accurate in coordinating our hand movements.

    However, these licks aren't merely a hand coordination exercise, although they can be used for that function. No, they are usable musical sequences which you will hear all over Yngwie's work and they are an effective way of rapidly shifting through a scale without needing to cross multiple strings.

    Once you've learned these shapes you can apply them to any scale, any tempo and you can start to have fun with them!

    Tuning:
    E A D G B E - Standard Tuning
    Tempo:
    100bpm
    Key:
    Em
    Gear:
    Ibanez RG7421, Overloud TH3, Cubase, Superior Drummer 2
    Scales:
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