#1
I've been given a solo from a relatively simple song for my band, but I'm finding it difficult to get my hand positioning/picking/technique right. The track is "Millenia" by Crown the Empire, Found here @ around 2:50.

I have the Tab all written out in B Standard (5 semitones below standard):


|--11-8-----11-8-11-8------11-8-11-8------|
|-------11-9----------11-9-----------11-9-|
|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|

--11-8-----11-8-11-8-----11-8-11-8-------|
-------11-9----------11-9----------11-9--|
-----------------------------------------|
-----------------------------------------|
-----------------------------------------|
-----------------------------------------|

--13-11-------13-11-13-11-------13-11-13-11-------|
--------13-11-------------13-11-------------13-11-|
--------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------|

--15-11-------15-11-15-11-------15-11-15-11-------|--15b--------18b------18-16-|
--------13-11-------------13-11-------------13-11-|----------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------|----------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------|----------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------|----------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------|----------------------------|

--16b--------18b------18-16-|------------------------------------|
----------------------------|--18--------18--16-----------18-----|
----------------------------|--------------------17--16b-----16b-|
----------------------------|------------------------------------|
----------------------------|------------------------------------|
----------------------------|------------------------------------|

-----13------------------8-6-4-6-4----|------------4~--------|
--------12b--11-9-----11-----------4--|--2~------------------|
---L--------------10------------------|----------------------|
--------------------------------------|----------------------|
--------------------------------------|----------------------|
--------------------------------------|----------------------|

--11~--------9~--------|--11b----------------|
-----------------------|---------------------|
-----------------------|---------------------|
-----------------------|---------------------|
-----------------------|---------------------|
-----------------------|---------------------|



Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
#2
You're gonna have to give more info than that. What exactly are you having problem with? The beginning of the song I presume? Is it too fast or does it simply not sound right?
#3
The major problem is knowing whether I should be using hammer ons, or just fast picking, or a mix, for this first section of the solo. I also don't know any techniques for improving my accuracy on fast notes, and this is beyond my limit currently.
#4
The tab doesn't specify hammer-ons so i'd assume it's all picked, however I'm not familar with the song.

The best thing to be practicing is the solo itself, however if it's quite a bit faster than anything you've played so far then it's going to be a struggle for you. There's no shortcuts to getting better other tan time and experience, if you're not good enough yet all you can do is practice until you are. Your ears are also going to be important, if you can't hear the notes you're supposed to be playing then you're going to have a hard time playing the solo too. If you are really struggling simply to work out what it is you're trying to replicate then you need to slow the track down so you can hear things more clearly.
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#5
Sounds to me the first section are all pull-offs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysfk629OEYg
This guy seems to do a pretty good job and the camera angle's perfect for figuring out the song.

Best advice is if you can, slow it down. Know the whole solo note for note such that you can actually sing it out. Once you got it in your head, start off playing it very slow. Once you're comfortable with the solo the whole way through, pick-up the pace until eventually you can play it at the original speed. Make sure to start off slow so that you can play each note clearly and properly.

EDIT:-
|--11p8--------11p8-11p8--------11p8-11p8--------|
|---------11p9---------------11p9---------------11p9-|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
Sounds to me the first bit is played like this.
Last edited by Arron_Zacx at Aug 20, 2014,