Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 83

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #83 - Solo deconstruction/reconstruction

Lesson Series by Todd Simpson

In this lesson, we are going to work on breaking down a crazy solo and building it back up and playing it!

FINGER YOGA! - Let’s do our usual Finger Yoga stretches. Here is a link to the video for references.


Let's work on our stretch and reach a bit. Each string we have on this tab has a new shape. Let's play each example on all the strings instead of changing at each string as written. I wanted to keep the tab as short as possible.

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I get a lot of questions on how I managed to increase my finger stretch/range to the point it is now. The answer is really simple user posted image Practice! user posted image So let's jump in.

Take a look at this tab. Each string has a new pattern. This is just to show you the patterns. Let's play each pattern on all the strings, instead of changing each time.

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Today's lesson is based on BEN HIGGINS new COLLAB ( called the DYNAMITE COLLAB!) After today you should be ready to rip it up so go join! Here is the link.

From Ben's notes, we get this CRITICAL bit.

"The backing is in 2 distinct parts.. the first half, up until 0:18 is in the key of Am. So you can use Aminor pentatonic, A natural minor, A blues, A dorian."

So we need to be able to switch keys in the middle of a solo. When you are learning a solo by ear, mid stream key changes can be a challenge, depending. So be ready for the switch!

Here is a Video Preview of the first section of our Solo.

Here is our first lick. It's all about Tapping/Hammering and using our "Double Tap" technique.

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And Finally...

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Here is the backing we are using today (From Ben's Collab)