This is my first column for GuitarWorld.com. So let me risk it being my last one by offering a suggestion that goes against one of the deepest desires of guitarists and a basic premise of this magazine: Maybe you should rethink your dream guitar, because owning one can be a nightmare.
There's no set path for a guitarist to find his own sound. Finding your own signature and take on what has come before will always be a subjective and personal endeavor. Here's a short list of things I've managed to learn over the years, things that have helped me develop a sound and style I can call my own.
When soloing, I try to use a balanced mix of scales, intervals and arpeggios. Something I always struggle with is trying to incorporate arpeggios into my solos without having them sound too generic. A lot of the common arpeggio shapes are difficult to use without sounding "cliche" or like a bad Yngwie Malmsteen clone.
In this classic entry from his "Riffer Madness" column, Dimebag Darrell talks about more ways to pump up your riffs: Hey, Dad! What's shaking? This month we're gonna rap about a few ways you can pump maximum heaviness into a riff. Read on!
This exercise, or finger twister, is a moveable arpeggio pattern, but it will be in G major for this exercise. The first measure is an ascending I chord/arpeggio of the major scale, which extended out (1 3 5 7), is a major 7th chord/arpeggio, which is a G major 7th chord/arpeggio (G,B D,F#).