Lost World – Guitar Lesson 5: Double picking

Two guitar players come to my mind when I’m thinking about this double picking approach: Jake E. Lee (from Bark at the Moon era Ozzy Osbourne band) and John Sykes (from 1987 era Whitesnake). The idea of this technique is very simple. 1. You take a simple melodic line 2. You play each note twice. Crossing the strings can be challenging, practice slow at first.

JAMTRACK
Extended solo backing from Lost World. Play the oringal solo licks or imprivise your own.

Mr. Fastfinger Jam track : Lost World – A Dorian Cycle


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Lost World – Guitar Lesson 4: Aggressive picking


How simple blues scale line (A minor pentatonic with added flat 5 aka blue note) turns into an aggressive and mean lick!


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Lost World – Guitar Lesson 3: Hybrid Picking


Mixing hybrid picking and string skipping and you get spring rolls. Then Palm mute the notes for extra snappy tone. Classic Mr. Fastfinger lick from GuitarShredShow.com.


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Lost World – Guitar Lesson 2: Double stop bend


Double stop with a bend. Practice using the middle and ring fingers to pluck the strings. The rhythm. Get the bend right, and it’s release.


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Lost World – Guitar Lesson 1: Down picking

The video lesson series showcases the guitar solo from song Lost World. Gives some tip on how to play the parts and how to achieve the tone. It’s a short solo but there’s a lot of interesting techniques happening.

JAMTRACK
Joy with this A dorian track. Extended solo backing from Lost World. Play the oringal solo or imprivise your own. It’s sort of a strange blues cycle.

Mr. Fastfinger Jam track : Lost World – A Dorian Cycle

 


Down picking the riff in the beginning.


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Breathe

Here’s the main theme of Mr. Fastfinger song Breathe. It’s the actual composition, rest of the song was improvised along the way and keeps changing during performances. This is the only copy I could find of the transcription, paper copy. In the left corner you can see Lasses notes made in the studio about the song structure. Well it actually ended up being shorter. with extremily slow tempo, we realize there shouldn’t be too many rounds of the parts.

Btw. I composed the theme almost 20 years ago. Was planning to put if on Mr. Fastfinger’s debut album but couldn’t make it work.The way to make this really happen for this second album was to get Thomas, Lasse and Kalle into the studio at the same time. we recorded the basic tracks all together.

Enjoy and Breathe!

Download Breathe (live)

CD owners: Check out the Fretboard game page to get your BACKINGTRACK from the studio version of this song.


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Thoughts on studying and learning

Some thoughts on studying and learning new stuff.

After the release of “The Way of the Exploding Guitar” I took some quality time on studying music theories and stuff that had always puzzled me. Also went into studying the modes of harmonic and especially melodic minor. Checked out a lot of books and videos. Then figured out my own ways of understanding things. Now when I’m listening to some of new tracks I can really hear a lot of musical progress in many directions. This is exactly what I wanted.

It’s really, really important to master all the fingerings of all scales and arpeggios etc. But most imporant is to get the tone of these into your ear. To be able to sing it. Best way to really master stuff is simply start using the new stuff. Making music out of it. And what happens is the when you really master a scale or mode, you suddenly start hearing many opportunities to apply them in music. New worlds are open for you.

Oh and fear not. Despite some melodic minor modes and stuff. The new album is definetly not jazzy. Altough it can be a bit trippy!


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The Power of the Power chords II

Was showing a part from Big Trummors to a student and this made me think about the power of 5 chords once again. There’s something very clever with the main part / main riff and how lines and melodies are added on top of it.

Big Trummors-powerchords-clip

1. THE POWER CHORDS

Here’s the simple foundation. The power chords which were the initial start for the whole composition. All the chords actually go perfectly in G minor scale. So with these powerchords only you would easily hear it as minor.

2. THE MELODY

But let’s put the melody line on top. This came as the second thing when I was composing this track. Huuuh, The B note makes the G5 chord turn into major chord. But it works, and makes everything sound suddenly much more interesting.

3. ARPEGGIATOR


Later I added this Alice Cooper “poisonish” guitar arpeggiationg line on top of it all. It gives some of the chords more color. This arpeggiatior can be heard after the solos.

4. THE HARMONY

If you stack up all the harmony of all these parts together you could come up with such chords as these. For something like a single acoustic guitar arrangement these chords could come up handy. Go fo it!

There’s actually more stuff happening on top with all the synths and strings but I let you analyse it as your homework.
Big Trummors is a proof of how strong and clever power chords actually can be. Powerchord leave a lot of room for the melodies and other instruments to play on. With a little extra harmony stuff on top of these chords you can do amazing sh*tuff!

If  you wish to practice some of these parts individually here’s the Guitar Pro 6 file for you: Big Trummors-stack.zip And here’s Guitar Pro 5 version.


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Zing Zing – The Solo

Oh yeah. Someone requested this tab a looong time ago when I put out some other parts of this song. Here it is.

A very flashy 80′s hairy kind of solo me thinks. I even made a video out of it. Enjoy.

This starts with some double bends and harmonics and stuff. But the real fun begins in bar 5. Was thinking of George Lynch when I did this diminished string-skipped stuff. these licks mix diminished and halftone-wholetone scales/arps in a cool way. More halftone – whole tone in bars 9-11 this time all altenate picked.
In bar 19-20 some typical octave arpeggio playing. The final has some more of nice alternate picking 16th notes.

ZING ZING – solo – backing
Note the cool groove this 7/8 beat gives the track. Very inspiring beat for soloing. Makes you wanna fly.

Zing Zing-Solo -GuitarPro6 zipped


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4 Steps to Melodic Improvisation

4 Steps to Melodic Improvisation Backing

This lesson was commissioned by Tyler Correll. I met Tyler many years ago in this place called the internet. Now he is having a series of guest lessons on his site. He then requested Mr. Fastfinger to do a lesson. His lesson series has a challenge to stay within 4 measures. Aaargh, I couldn’t do it! I simply had to do 6 bars to express my ideas properly with the mini solo. And this was the point when I really got carried away…

Theoretically speaking I’m swpping between the tones of A mixolydian and E dorian modes (both from D major scale) but please read the actual lesson for further written explanations. You’ll also find tablatures and audio at Tyler’s site: http://tylercorrell.com/sounds-of-the-soul/
It will be there very soon for you.
Please check it out in order to better understand the whole concept of these 4 steps!

I hope you will enjoy this one. It’s one way to approach improvisation. Atleast this works for me. Thank you to Tyler for making me do this lesson.
Also thank you to Thomas Törnroos for the Drum beats.

Give this approach a try!
Look forward hearing feedback from you.
Also questions are always welcome,
Mika

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