Speed Up Your Soloing. Part IV - Speed-Building Runs

author: beatrocker date: 01/21/2009 category: for beginners

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In the previous lesson, I showed you some quite easy speedy two-string licks. Now it's time for going a step higher and play some runs across the fretboard. The first one is an A-harmonic minor run that goes across the strings E, A and D.
E---------------------------------I-------------------------------I
B---------------------------------I-------------------------------I
G---------------------------------I-------------------------------I
D---------------------------------I----6-----6-7---6-7-9-6-7------I
A-------------5-----5-7---5-7-8-5-I-7-8---7-8-----8---------------I
E-5-7-8-5-7-8---7-8-----8---------I-------------------------------I
Important: Use alternate picking. The run starts in fifth postion, but when you reach the D string you change to sixth position. The notes (except the last note) are all sixteenth notes. It may be a bit difficult to play this cleanly with alternate picking, but that's the point: in my opinion these runs work very well as synchronisation excercises. It takes a bit longer to speed them up, but they improve the coorporation of your hands. Here's another great excercise. In a pentatonic run across all six strings, played in eigth triplets. Again, use alternate picking.
E-------------------------I------------------------I-----5--5-8-5----I
B-------------------------I----------------5---5-8-I-5-8---8---------I
G-------------------------I----5---5-7-5-7---7-----I-----------------I
D-----------------5---5-7-I-5-7--7-----------------I-----------------I
A-----5---5-7-5-7---7-----I------------------------I-----------------I
E-5-8---8-----------------I------------------------I-----------------I
The next one is a diminished arpeggio that I got out of Yngwie J. Malmsteen's "Arpeggios from hell". It changes position a lot, therefore I've written the right position under the tab. It's also palyed in eighth triplets, except the last note. Again, use alternate picking.
E-15-12-------------------------------I----------------------------------I
B-------14----14----------------------I----------------------------------I
G--------  15----15-12-15-12----12----I----------------------------------I
D----------------------------14----14-I-11-14-11----11-------------------I
A-------------------------------------I----------13----13-10-13-10-------I
E-------------------------------------I----------------------------12----I
  XII.                                  XI.               X.
That's it. I hope all four lessons of "Speed Up Your Soloing" were helpful. If there are any questions, just send me a message. Goodbye.
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