Tuning: E A D G B E (Standard)
What metal fan didn't enjoy "Countdown to Extinction"? It was an album of olympic levels of win. SO many delightful tracks. A student of mine asked to learn this a year or 2 ago because it was in the game "Brutal Legend," and was a really good soundtrack for driving fast and ramming things. This solo is a trading solo that starts off with some cool bluesy rock stuff from Dave Mustaine and works into quirky shred and occasionally exotic note choice of Marty Friedman.
As usual I'll break the solo down into problematic sections as well as leaving a link to the tab and YouTube video at the bottom of the article.
Section 1 & 2 TipsThe first and second section of this solo (played by Dave) takes place around an A minor pentatonic with a few cheeky Dorian notes. There's a lot of legato in the first few bars. (See excerpt below)
This lick has some great legato motifs but the timing is a little weird, so look at the notation as well as the tab to make sure the emphasis is correct. The 2nd section is pretty similar to the 1st, so address it with similar emphasis and techniques.
Section 3 TipsThis is one of my favourite sections in the solo. Marty uses a pentatonic with the added flat 5 and crawls down the neck. (See excerpt below)
It's really important to limit superfluous position shifts in a lick like this. Try and play each bar with a 5 fret hand span. This is not only a sweet lick but a really good exercise.
Section 4 TipsThe 4th section is based around a high octave A minor pentatonic using the most common box shape with a flat 5 (or blues notes). Let's take a look at the lick. (See excerpt below)
We only need 3 strings for this lick, but it's super fast. Pay close attention to the legato emphasis and try to get that slurry "rolling" sound when you have 3 legato note in a row either entirely ascending or descending.
Section 5 TipsThe final section has a few moments of chromaticism and also mixes multiple picked notes with a few cheeky pulloffs. (See excerpt below)
Pay close attention to the picked notes and pull off notes and don't forget to keep the triplet swing. Once you get this lick down try to incorporate some cheeky chromatics into your blues playing or pentatonic soloing when the context and moment is right.
Well that's it for me UG. I'll catch you guys soon for some more solos and exercises!
Download the tab here.