I have been practicing a ton lately in the past few months, and am seeing huge improvments in nearly all aspects of my playing. But I am lacking pretty bad on a certain type of lick that is extremely common in Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, etc. soloes.

The first type of lick is like this


The problem with this lick is I can do the pulloff fine and then I hit the D note on the B string. My original problem was that when I hit the D note and pulled off to hit the F#, open string noise would sound, which I hate severly. I fixed this problem but moving my index finger up a little bit during the pulloff so that it brushes the B string. Now what happens is when I hit the D note the F# is still ringing and it creates an odd buzzing sound (this happens always on my guitar when 2 notes are ringing together and are not part of a chord).

While I dread the lick above, the next lick is even WORSE.

|--15p12 -----12--15p12-14p12-----12--15p12-14p12-----12--|

Obviously the proper fingering for this would be to bar the 12th fret of the E and B string and use the pinky and ring finger to perform the pulloffs. I can do the pulloff fine but then when I hit the B note, and then back to the E note, notes are ringing together one after the other creating an unpleasant sound which I can't stand. I know that to fix this problem, one must "role" their finger. I don't understand this concept though, when I try to "role" my finger it doesn't seem to work.

In situations like this


I can "role" my finger because their is no barrier above the fretboard, preventing the raising of the finger.

However in situations like this


I can't do it because the fretboard is the barrier preventing my finger from "rolling downward?"
Quick Question for this part: When doing this type of "role" is the tip of your index finger supposed to raise up while the base of it roles downward?

So if anyone can help me with these types of licks and/or clear up the loosely defined concept of "rolling the finger," it would be greatly appreciated.
Last edited by Dynamics99 at Oct 21, 2007,
Roll your finger like a rubber stamp motion, it's extremely hard to do over 3 or more strings, and I don't suggest trying, because I don't think you will ever find yourself in that situation. However, over two strings, fret the 14th fret on the A string with the tip of your finger, then, roll it over so you are fretting the 14 on the D string with your finger, but not the tip, sort of the opposite side of your fingernail. I hope you understand what I'm saying.
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all of your problems can be fixed the same way: use your picking hand to mute the strings your not playing. it takes a little bit of practice but it makes playing those licks 100 times easier and cleaner. after you pull off and go to pick the b string, mute your e string with your right hand, and vice versa. with enough practice you should be able to mute just one string and those licks wont be a problem any more.

as far as rolling over a barre like that, id say dont bother trying. like alter bridge said, rolling over that many strings is not practical. the trick with rolling is quite simple tho. all you have to do is after a note is played, you release the pressure on the string, you dont have to pick your finger up all the way, just enough that the note stops ringing. its the same kinda concept with sweep picking.
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