You'll notice this video is much longer than the typical Betcha Can't Play This video, since it goes into greater left-hand detail — and into greater detail in general. You'll also notice there's no tab included (Again, the longer video explains the fret positions and a lot more).
Here's a brand-new edition of Betcha Can't Play This featuring Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, who recently visited Guitar World HQ. Last time, she played a Descending Legato Lick. This time, she demonstrates a lick from her solo spotlight section from her shows with Cooper.
I begin in ninth position with a fairly compact shape that spans the ninth to 12th frets. At the end of bar 1 and moving into bar 2, the fret hand shifts down two frets and spreads out to cover a four-fret span, from the seventh fret to the 11th. Use your first, second and fourth fingers to fret the notes.
This is a triplet-based run in A minor that starts out in the low register and moves up and across the fretboard, spanning three octaves before settling into a single position and moving back across the strings. I’m using hammer-ons and pull-offs in combination with picking to achieve a fast stream of notes that "pops" and flows.
In Guitar World's latest edition of Betcha Can't Play This, New York City-based "subway shredder" Mike Groisman returns with what we're calling his "Monster Multi-Finger Tapping Lick." First he plays it fast, then slow. Then he explains the lick.
In Guitar World's latest edition of Betcha Can't Play This, New York City-based "subway shredder" Mike Groisman returns with a crazy-fast alternate-picking run that's played on two strings. First he plays it fast, then slow. Then he explains the lick.