Cacophony Style

by Henry Dietzel

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  • Hey GMCer's! Today's lesson will be in honor of the band Cacophony. Cacophony was an American neoclassical speed metal band featuring Marty Friedman and Jason Becker. My inspiration came from the beginning of songs like The Ninja and Concerto. Although Friedman and Becker were normally known for their lightning licks we will be covering a slower aspect of their harmonizing today.

    I've added my own personal touch to this lesson. One example is picking these patterns instead of sweeping them. The harmonies we will use are also different from the common twin-guitar harmonies made famous by bands like Iron Maiden. Although some common patterns do exist my ears hear Friedman and Becker's playing to be more complimentary to one another instead of just octaves on top of each other. That is what I've tried to achieve with this lesson.

    This lesson is played at 60bpm in 4/4.
    Videos 1-7 cover Part A & videos 8-14 cover Part B.
    There are backing tracks at 60, 55, 50, 45, 40.
    I've also included two tracks at normal tempo(60) one with Part A, one with Part B.

    I hope that you enjoy this lesson,

    Good luck & have fun!

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