Howdy, Premier Guitar readers and welcome to Lethal Guitar. Well, here we are on the final installment of my Shredder's Ph.D. series. This is the tenth installment and we’ve covered some great chop building ideas. I also have gotten tremendous response from my readers during this series and much support as well. Thank you guys and gals, I do this for you and you’re the best!
Since this is the last article of the Shredder's Ph.D. series, let’s get into some really challenging stuff. I’m going to give you some serious meat, technically speaking. I’m going to cover a gamut of different melodic ideas in this lesson, incorporating specifically sequencing and intervallic approaches to various scales and arpeggios. I’ll also include some difficult exercises designed to give you new challenges for both hands. Since I’ll be including more tab examples, I’m not going to talk much this month. I’ll just give you more action! Off we go…
Sequencing the Phrygian Dominant scale in quadruplets presents challenges for both hands. Difficult picking and a bit of a stretch for the fretting hand.
An intervallic approach in thirds, to a diminished arpeggio while shifting position in minor thirds also presents interesting challenges to both hands.
This fretting hand exercise really puts the pressure on as you descend the fretboard. Pay close attention to the minute changes in fingerings to get the true impact.
Whew! It’s taken a while to complete this series but I have to say it was worth the effort. These examples will take persistence to get a handle on, but if you stick with it you’ll get there. I hope you enjoy these examples and benefit from them as a guitarist and a musician. Until next time keep logging on and tuning in, see you next month.
©Jeff Beasley 2008
Jeff Beasley holds B.A. degrees in Music and Classical Guitar. He offers his readers 30 years of experience in studio, teaching and performance. He is on the National Guitar Workshop faculty in Nashville, TN. Jeff's CD "Tiebreaker" is available through CD Baby, Guitar 9, and Jeff's website; GuitarSource3.com. Jeff holds endorsement agreements with Dean, Peavey, DiMarzio, RKS, THD, Ensotec, Robert Keeley, Knucklehead and In Tune.