Today's lick is a sequence of fast, descending arpeggios based on the E Aeolian mode (E F♯ G A B C D) and performed in a deliberate two-notes-per-string pattern. I use strict alternate picking throughout the entire lick, beginning on a downstroke.
Dream Theater have just posted yet another clip of a new song from their upcoming album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. This one is called "Far From Heaven," and you can hear the clip, which was originally premiered on Yahoo! France, below.
Here in 2011, it feels like the electrical interwebs have been with us forever. But it wasn't always so. Once upon a time, way back in the 1990s, the internet was a strange, disconnected place. Tech-savvy fans passed info around via primitive newsgroups, and even if they used the internet to track down bootlegs of their favorite artists they still traded them as actual CDs through the mail
Every week leading up to the release of their new album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, Dream Theater are rolling out clips of the songs on the record. Today's is "Beneath the Surface." You can listen to it below.
If you don't know the back story on the whole Dream Theater/Mike Portnoy saga by now, you won't appreciate the absolute awkwardness of Portnoy being asked what he thought of the new Dream Theater material on last night's (Friday, August 5) edition of Eddie Trunk's "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM.