WalkthroughThis video demonstrates a freeform take on a classic new years tune. Showing how individual we all are and how our influences and experiences come together to become our own sound. The performance is the intro to the recording of "Auld Lang Syne" in Rock Prodigy. Then the video walks you through the approach and the effects used.
Auld Lang SyneThis song of old days gone (generally speaking) is a good way to say by to the year with a good heart. To honor the history of electric guitar this version starts with the freeform intro as discussed above. Then kicks into a modern rock guitar driven groove inspired by albums like "Merry Axemas" and "Ho Ho Hoey". The solo has some extensive tapping, which is discussed below. Here's the full song in Rock Prodigy.
Tapping PentatonicsA fun lick that was used in the solo of this song is to tap the next pentatonic note up on each pentatonic CAGED box shape. Here is a grid for each of the five shapes. The tapped note is in red.
LicksEach of these licks is in one of the five patterns. They all have a different sequence as well. If you have Rock Prodigy these images are taken from the exercise Tapping Pentatonics free in the app. To take it up a notch try applying each sequence to all five shapes!
Lick 1This one is with the G box shape in your fretting hand. The sequence is tap, pull-off, pull-off, in short TPP. Then go down three strings at a time. I think I got the three strings at a time idea from Paul Gilbert's videos or maybe Frank Gambale's "Chopbuilder" I'm not sure. Here's a fun forum on "Chopbuilder".
Lick 2For lick 2 we move down to the A box shape. Here the sequence is to tap, pull-off, pull-off again, but this time do it twice on each string TPP, TPP and go down the scale. I'm pretty sure this idea of doubling the pattern came from the descending part of Eddie Van Halen's eruption.
Lick 3Down to the C box shape. This time it's tap, pull-off, hammer-on. Then tap, pull-off, pull-off. Like this TPH, TPP. This idea of alternating TPP and TPH came from the beginning of Kirk Hammett's solo in Metallica's "One".
Lick 4With the D box shape. It's tap, pull-off, tap, pull-off, hammer-on, pull-off. That's TP, TPHP. This sequence comes from the beginning of the Randy Rhoads solo in "Crazy Train".
Lick 5For the last one we use the E shape, the sequence is hammer-on, tap, pull-off, pull-off. HTPP. Not sure where this idea came from. It could be anybody. I've always liked poly meter and this four note sequence over six notes per beat kind of idea is definitely a mini poly meter thing. This lick has one note that is not in the pentatonic. The open low E string is the major seventh or leading tone.