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term '16th notes' here's a brief explanation so it's worth spending a bit of time working on a little.

o it's worth spending a bit of time working on a little. Pay close attention to the slides and
(everyone else I'll see you at the beginning of it until it becomes comfortable. how they are used to change positions.
the next paragraph). A constant stream of Bars 13-16 contain the fun harmony section The final example is the lower harmony for
16th notes would mean rhythmically that your which is actually a lot easier than it sounds. the solo section, again based around the
picking hand is going down up down up down The phrase is based on a fingering pattern as same fingering pattern providing a harmony
up etc 16 times for every bar. This is usually opposed to a scale so as soon as you have based firstly around parallel 5ths, then 4ths,
counted as: the first two beats it's just a matter of then 3rds. The great thing about using shapes
repeating the shape on the other string pairs. is that the band were probably blissfully
1 e+a 2e+a 3e+a 4e+a Guitarists such as Van Halen, Shawn Lane unaware of what was going on harmonically.
You can use the bass drum at the beginning and Allan Holdsworth have all used this idea They just did it because it sounded good and
of the song to give you the pulse as this falls of repeating shapes across the strings, was very easy. It may be interesting to
on the 1 2 3 and 4. This is what it looks like although these are generally played very fast mention that the track itself is 'glued' together.
with the pick strokes: so that they can get away with it! For example the backing underneath the
Guitar II intro is the classic guitar phrases second verse is identical to the first, guitar
• • ~V~V~V~VI"H~V heard at the beginning of the song. These are breaks and all. You can spot it just after the
'· e+ a2 e+ a3e +a4 e +a largely based around B minor pentatonic: vocals finish the first verse as the splice is
You'll notice at the end of the second verse about 2/96ths of a beat early and cuts off the
B D E F# A B
(into the solo section) that a lot of the accents end of the previous hi-hat. Mind you one has
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are on the upstroke. Some people find this to be pretty bored to go looking for things like
kind of thing difficult but your picking is only with the inclusion of the ~5(F), the major 6 this ...
going to be as good as your weakest stroke (G#) and the major 3rd (D#) to spice things up See you later! l'!ll

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