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Quick Licks June 2010

June 1, 2010
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FAUX-STEEL WHAMMY WIZARDRY

http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/GP610_Quick_Whammy_Ex-01.jpgHere’s a great way to emulate a pedal-steel or slide player by using your whammy bar. After you hit the A on the high-E string, let it ring and bend it down a whole-step with the bar. With the bar still depressed, hammer at the 9th fret, which is now a B (that’s why the tab has a 7 in parenthesis). As that note rings, release the bar, raising that pitch to a C#. Practice it so your downward bend is super-accurate (the upward bend takes care of itself) to get a convincing pedal-steel vibe. The second is a harmony to the first and makes for a tasty overdub.

READER’S SUBMISSION

http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/GP610_Quick_Reader_Ex-01.jpgWalt Kosar sent in this twohanded morsel. The moves aren’t tricky, but the two-note figures in a triplet feel keep it interesting. Try to accent each downbeat, regardless of which hand is fretting the note.

MACHINE GUN UNISONS

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This fun little barrage of notes in Gm employs unisons on adjacent strings to get its unique sound. In the 1st bar, pick the Bb to start it, pull off to the open G, hammer the fretted G, pick the open G, and so on. You’ll get a rapid-fire pedal-point lick that sounds very different (and way cooler) than if you had just picked all the Gs as open notes. In the 2nd bar, we apply the same concept with three notes per string. Pull off the first six notes, hammer every 5th fret unison, and blast away.

SYMMETRICAL SWEEP SHREDDING

http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/GP610_Quick_Sweep_Shred.jpgEddie Van Halen’s brilliant phrasing and amazing tone obscure the fact that he sometimes just plays patterns that are comfy and easy to finger, regardless of whether or not all the notes are “in key.” This VHapproved pattern uses an E Dorian blues scale and, despite its crazy chromaticism and blazing speed, is not that tough to play. Follow the picking indications, because the sweeps are the key to switching directions with authority. This blows minds over an Em-A progression.

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