I'd like to show some non tapping sequences I use in my own playing. I've found that the concept of these two-note per-string major and minor 7ths can lead to some musical and melodic ideas, so it translates well into a phrase in a solo or run or as part of a rhythm.
Love on the run. Damn that should be a song. It must be a song already, right?! There's probably a thousand songs about love on the run and a million songs about love. Love makes the world go around right? Yeah it does. And what does love have to do with playing guitar, touring, writing songs and being a musician? Well, just about everything.
We often spend a lot of time working on pentatonic, blues, major and melodic minor scales and patterns on the guitar and then practice bringing these sounds into our solos. While learning the aforementioned scales is essential for any improvising guitarist, there is also another group of scales that are worth spending time on in the woodshed and bringing into our solos on the bandstand: symmetrical scales.
After some truly great Summer festivals with both Paradise Lost and Vallenfyre, it's time for PL to go and tour the U.S.A. and Canada. We are touring with our old mates Katatonia and our newer mates The Devin Townsend Project.
If you're like me, you have very little time to practice. Between my time as a practicing music therapist, a private instructor, gym time, rehearsing and gigging and various social engagements, I have to use my personal practice time very wisely. Bottom line is this: if I find time to practice, you do too!
The "chorus first" construct begins a song not with a typical intro or verse, but with what would be considered a tune’s chorus or refrain. Conventional composition dictates that we view the chorus as a sacred section best introduced later; a section that should be grown into, with the writer organically ratcheting up a song’s intensity and the listener’s interest through the gradual addition of “lesser” structural elements.
The less time you have to set up your studio or arrange or plug in a piece of gear, the better. That means there is no lag time when you have a creative spark. Just turn the gear and go! And from a professional POV, that means you're always ready to make money!
I spent some time speaking with the guitar tech to then-GN’R guitar player Robin Finck. In one of our conversations, I asked him how often he changes strings on Robin’s guitars. Since Robin then traveled with about 10 guitars, I thought to myself that this is quite a lot of string changing. Chris said something I've thought about ever since then.
The Crying Tone resembles a slim, contoured brick with an angular bottom that allows you to rock the wah back and forth on the floor. It features input and output jacks, a calibration button (important for adjusting its sweep depending upon the slope of the surface), and operates with a 9V battery or optional power supply.
I believe Shawn Lane was the most technically amazing guitarist to ever grace the earth. He had total command over the guitar in all areas, and his speed and technique were simply out of this world. Most importantly, his sense of melody/songwriting and the way he adapted all of his techniques to soloing were truly amazing.