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Hear Dimebag Darrell's Isolated Guitar from Pantera's "Floods"

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Check out the latest isolated guitar track to make the interweb rounds: Pantera's "Floods."

“That particular solo was thought-out in a more orchestrated fashion than some of the others I play where I just start ripping right off the bat,” Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell told Guitar World several years ago.

“The thing that really makes the ‘Floods’ solo come across like it does is [bassist] Rex’s playing behind it. He’s using his fingers and he plays a whole bunch of cool licks and shit in there. He definitely adds to the vibe and feel of my lead because I’m playing off his part a lot—it was a great foundation for me to build on, man.”

To fatten up the sound of the catchy arpeggiated theme that fills the first eight bars of his lead, Darrell doubled the part.

“I picked up the idea of doubling from Randy Rhoads. It seemed appropriate to start off in a slow, melodic fashion and then build and build and build to the climax with the big harmonic squeals at the end.

"For that last big note I think there’s four guitars going on. There’s a squeal at the second fret of the G string, a squeal at the fifth fret of the G and then I used a DigiTech Whammy pedal on two-string squeals at the harmonics at the fourth and 12th frets of the G and B strings, I believe. That was one of those deals where I didn’t plan it out.

"I just sat there and fucked with it until it sounded right.”

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