In this lesson we’re going to breakdown this awesome melodic sweep picked arpeggio sequence by Iceferno. This creative sequence covers a few different chord tonalities, 7ths & inversions and ties them all together in one badass progression. If you want an overview of the lesson then you can just download the tab. Godspeed!
Here at Strings Of Rage we’re massive fans of the amazing songwriter Iceferno, who is also based in the UK. Like us Iceferno is also a huge fan of the Streets Of Rage series. We were super stoked to hear his interpretation of a Streets of Rage style album. His song ‘Vengeance II’ incorporates a sick melodic sweep picking progression that blew us away when we first heard it.
Melodic Sweep Picking: Arpeggio Sequence
Let’s take a listen to this arpeggio progression in it’s entirety so we know the desired result! Make sure you notice how many times each arpeggio is played. This caught us out a few times while we were transcribing this. Also be aware of the clever and subtle change from the minor 7 to the dominant 7 on the 2nd arpeggio.Continue Reading
Today we’re going to look a little ripper of an alternate picking lick. This one ascends across all 6 strings from the low E string. This is an interesting idea because we’re using sequences across groupings of two strings. Let’s Go! Full Shred Ahead! If you want a quick overview of the lesson then Download the Tab.
This alternate picking lick is based around a little sequence that begins on fret 10. The lick starts with a descending idea. Once you’ve got the basic mechanics of the lick under your fingers it’s then simply a case of moving it through the positions.Continue Reading
In this lesson we’re going to look at a creative way to approach sweep picking using the dorian mode as our road map. We’ll also take these ideas to make a blazing sequence across all six strings. If you want an overview of this lesson you can download the tab.
Conventionally a lot of players will tell you that sweep picking is essentially taking chords and playing them in a single note, or arpeggiated fashion. While this is true we can break out of the norm by using our mode shapes to create new and exciting possibilities for advanced sweep picking ideas.Continue Reading
Welcome! If you’re reading this you’re probably looking to take your modal playing to the next level. If you want to know how to start covering more of the neck with your lead lines then check this out.
These 3 Octave Major Scale Modes work in a 3 and 4nps linear fashion. You’ll have a 7 note pattern across 2 strings. The 8th note is simply the octave of the root. These shapes are great fun and super easy to play because of the way they repeat. For each mode we’ll have a different 7 note, 2 string pattern. Once you know one shape for each mode you can simply repeat this pattern every 2 strings in octaves.Continue Reading
Tremolo picking involves picking the same note multiple times in a row, usually at least four. This technique originates from classical guitar and other stringed instruments. The idea was to create modulations in volume by finger picking a note multiple times with harder and softer plucking.
In rock and metal Tremolo Picking is more common to use the technique to maintain volume by giving each note less time to decay. It also provides more attack giving a harsher, more aggressive sound.Continue Reading
Today we’re going to take the next step in modal freedom. 3 Octave Harmonic Minor Modes! If you’re visiting this post you’ve most likely got the 3nps Harmonic minor modes under your fingers & under control!
These 3 octave harmonic minor modes cover much more ground in a linear fashion across the neck. You’ll have probably noticed that these versions of the modes switch between 3 and 4 notes per string. Each of these shapes have a repeating 7 note pattern across two strings. Once you know these, they become really easy to play because they repeat in octaves. If you want an overview of this lesson then download the Ancient Tome of Harmonic Minor scales & modes resource book.Continue Reading
Welcome to this intervallic tapping webisode! In this quick lick lesson we’re going to use big intervallic sounds with chord extensions to create a tapped arpeggio sequence.
In this intervallic tapping lesson we’ll be in the key of A Major. That’s the notes A B C# D E F# G#. We’ll also be tapping the extensions Add 9 and Add 11. In addition we’ve included a bonus extended lick in the downloadable tab book as well. You can download the tab now or read the lesson first and then download the tab at the bottom.Continue Reading
Welcome to this first episode of exotic scales and modes! In this episode we’re going to be unearthing the secrets ensconced within the Gypsy Major scale!
There are many different names for exotic modes. We’ve done our best to find out the original names for the parent scales where possible. For reference you may know the Hungarian minor scale. This is mode number 4 of this scale! Exotic scales and modes can yield a unique set of new ideas that will imbue your playing with creative new sounds. Let’s Go!Continue Reading