This final idea is taken from one one of my own solos where I change the feel of the pattern by switching to 16th notes. To do this, I play the original six-note pattern twice and then play an additional four notes to complete the bar. The basic form is played using the first three notes of the E minor scale on the high E string at the 12th fret. This idea expands the original pattern into an E minor arpeggio. Most of my previous lessons focus on the melodic side of my playing, so I wanted to switch things up and give you a simple "shred" lick that's easy to learn and has many applications.
Yngwie Malmsteen uses a similar lick in "Far Beyond the Sun.
Yngwie Malmsteen uses a similar lick in "Far Beyond the Sun. If you've read my previous columns, you might have caught on to the fact that I'm not a fan of purely technique-based solos. You don't have to stay with just groups of three notes. The notes are played on the same string, which makes it very easy to alternate-pick and build speed. However, sometimes in rock and metal, there are moments when fast, "shred style" licks are appropriate. In its most basic form, the lick is a sequence of six notes played as a sextuplet or two sets of triplets depending on the tempo.