Falling In Reverse http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/1594/all en United Stringdom: Combining Sweep Picking and Fretboard Tapping to Forge Long, Flowing Melodic Phrases http://www.guitarworld.com/united-stringdom-combining-sweep-picking-and-fretboard-tapping-forge-long-flowing-melodic-phrases <!--paging_filter--><p>Hi, and welcome to my new <em>Guitar World</em> instructional column. </p> <p>Over the next few months, I’ll be demonstrating to you many of the different techniques I use for the riffs and solos that I play with my band, Falling in Reverse. Hopefully, these riffs will prove useful and inspire you to discover some unique musical ideas of your own. </p> <p>Some of my favorite musical sounds are those that consist of long, flowing arpeggios, whether they are present in rock, classical, electronic music or metal. The manner by which most guitar players execute lengthy arpeggiated lines is by using sweep picking, wherein the pick is dragged in a single motion across two or more adjacent strings using either a downstroke or an upstroke. </p> <p> I like to expand on the standard sweep-picking approach by adding fretboard taps at the highest part of the phrase. As a right-handed player, I use my left hand for fretting and my right hand for picking and tapping. I like to make a correlation between the guitar and the piano, in that my left hand provides the majority of the notes of the arpeggio, as is often the case when playing long arpeggios on the piano, and my right hand likewise adds higher melodic notes, via fretboard tapping.</p> <p> For those new to the fretboard tapping technique, a note is sounded by hammering onto a string with either a pick-hand fingertip or the edge of the pick, after which that note is then pulled off to a lower note on the same string, which is fretted conventionally. I myself prefer to tap with the edge of my pick, à la Randy Rhoads.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> is an uninterrupted 16-bar run that progresses through a series of sweep-picked arpeggios to melodically imply a chord progression: Am G F Em. I ascend and descend each arpeggio four times and incorporate tapping to sound the highest notes, which I vary each time to add melodic interest and harmonic color to the run. The two minor arpeggios, Am and Em, are performed identically but five frets apart. Likewise, the two major arpeggios, G and F, are also executed identically, two frets apart. </p> <p> Each arpeggio begins with a downstroke followed by a hammer-on, after which I continue the downstroke across all of the strings. After sounding the two taps and pull-offs, I descend the arpeggio using an upstroke sweep. I recommend practicing the sweeps alone first before adding the taps. </p> <p>Try to keep the fretted notes separate and distinct by “getting off them” as soon as they’re picked or hammered. These techniques aren’t as difficult to perform as they may seem at first, but they will definitely take practice to master and integrate, so be persistent and patient.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/R_crTeCmpvk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-06-04%20at%2011.41.17%20AM.png" width="620" height="704" alt="Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.41.17 AM.png" /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-06-04%20at%2011.41.33%20AM.png" width="620" height="215" alt="Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.41.33 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/united-stringdom-combining-sweep-picking-and-fretboard-tapping-forge-long-flowing-melodic-phrases#comments Falling In Reverse Jacky Vincent May 2013 United Stringdom Videos Blogs News Features Lessons Magazine Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:20:14 +0000 Jacky Vincent 18092 at http://www.guitarworld.com Jacky Vincent of Falling In Reverse Discusses Joe Satriani's 'Surfing With the Alien' — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/jacky-vincent-falling-reverse-discusses-joe-satrianis-surfing-alien-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Falling In Reverse guitarist Jacky Vincent chooses and discusses the record that changed his life.</em></p> <p><strong>Joe Satriani</strong><br /> <em>Surfing With the Alien</em> (1987)</p> <p>“<em>Surfing with the Alien</em> inspired me to become a musician and want to learn guitar. </p> <p>"My dad had the CD in his collection before I was even born. As a young kid I would pick it out and play it, and I have vivid memories of attempting to learn ‘Crushing Day,’ ‘Midnight,’ ‘Always with Me, Always with You,’ ‘Surfing with the Alien’ and ‘Satch Boogie.’ It meant so much to my development as a player because it was the album that introduced me to the guitar and songwriting techniques I use today. </p> <p>“<em>Surfing with the Alien</em> made it apparent to me early on that you didn’t even have to have a vocalist to create an incredible and enjoyable album. </p> <p>"It’s safe to say I wouldn’t be the player I am now, or probably even be a musician at all, without this album being available to me when it was. The guitar tones, songs and soloing on the record remain some of my favorites to this day.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lCGCG_N2b30" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jacky-vincent-falling-reverse-discusses-joe-satrianis-surfing-alien-record-changed-my-life#comments Falling In Reverse Jacky Vincent Joe Satriani July 2014 The Record that Changed My Life Interviews News Features Magazine Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:32:16 +0000 Jacky Vincent 21929 at http://www.guitarworld.com United Stringdom with Jacky Vincent: More on Ascending and Descending Legato Runs and Developing "Fret-Hand" Traction http://www.guitarworld.com/united-stringdom-jacky-vincent-more-ascending-and-descending-legato-runs-and-developing-fret-hand-traction <!--paging_filter--><p>As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, when I’m soloing, I like to combine a variety of flashy techniques—such as sweep picking, fretboard tapping and legato articulations—that allow me to play very fast lines. </p> <p>These techniques can be heard in my solos to the songs “Good Girls, Bad Guys” and “Don’t Mess with Ouija Boards” from the Falling in Reverse album <em>The Drug in Me Is You</em>. For this month’s lesson, I’d like to go over portions of those solos.</p> <p>The “Good Girls, Bad Guys” solo is based primarily on a combination of the D Dorian mode (D E F G A B C) and the D blues scale (D F G Ab A C), but I also throw in the major seventh, C#, which I use as a chromatic passing tone between D and C, on the D string’s 11 fret. <strong>Figure 1</strong> illustrates the closing section, which is my favorite part of the solo. </p> <p>I begin with a quick hammer/pull on the high E string that moves between the 10th, 12th and 13th frets, for which I use my index finger, ring finger and pinkie. As the solo progresses, I stick with these finger/fret assignments across the top three strings. When I get down to the D string on beat three, I move quickly between the ring, middle and index fingers to play the chromatic passages on the D and A strings. </p> <p>When playing this run, strive to use a legato phrasing approach—hammer-ons, pull-offs and finger slides—as much as possible in order to achieve a smooth, seamless sound. When I do pick, I use standard alternate (down-up-down-up) picking. It will take some practice to get these kinds of licks to sound fluid and effortless, which is what it’s all about. If you put in the time, though, your fret hand will strengthen and you will develop a good amount of dexterity and “fret-hand traction.”</p> <p><strong>Figure 2</strong> presents another example of utilizing legato phrasing, but here I begin with a sweep-picked D minor arpeggio across the top three strings before seguing into fast lines performed with hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides. This lick begins in 13th position but quickly moves down to 12th, 11th, 10th, ninth, seventh and fifth positions.</p> <p>The beginning and ending of my solo in “Don’t Mess with Ouija Boards” also incorporates a lot of fast legato lines, and <strong>Figure 3</strong> illustrates the opening lick. This solo is played over a Bb chord and is based on the Bb major scale (Bb C D Eb F G A), and moves very quickly up through the different positions of Bb major via quick finger slides up the G string. </p> <p>At the end of the solo, I cross over to the B and high E strings and, remaining in 17th position, use a lot of fast hammer-ons and pull-offs. Again, work your way through these lines carefully and slowly at first, gradually building up speed until you can play them at tempo.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2594049679001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2594049679001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Practice this scale pattern repeatedly, striving for clear articulation, while memorizing the note sequence and fingering pattern.</p> <p> In the same way that musicians learn the major scale’s seven modes—by starting on any of its given notes, thinking of that note as the root, or “one,” and playing up one octave and back through the notes of the “parent” scale—one can also generate seven modes from the harmonic minor scale (and melodic minor too). In my studies, I look at the major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales as being three unique formulas of whole steps and half steps, from which one can devise seven different permutations.</p> <p> Harmonizing a scale to form three- or four-note chords is a great way to get acquainted with the scale’s unique quality. Doing this with the first note of A harmonic minor gives you what’s called an A minor–major seven chord (Am-maj7). </p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> shows this chord played in 12th position. <strong>FIGURE 3</strong> illustrates an A harmonic minor single-note run that begins with eighth-note triplets and gradually works its way up through the scale. I then switch to eighth notes and finish the phrase with a descending melodic pattern based on thirds.</p> <p> <strong>FIGURE 4</strong> offers a sweep-picked arpeggio run that incorporates the use of a “tap-and-slide” at the top: using the edge of the pick, I tap the high E string at the 19th fret, slide up to the 20th fret and then back to the 19th, followed by pull-offs.</p> <p> Let’s wrap up with a couple of neoclassical shred–style runs based on A harmonic minor’s fifth mode, E Phrygian-dominant (E F G# A B C D), which is formed by starting on the fifth scale degree of A harmonic minor (see <strong>FIGURES 5 and 6</strong>).</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2387201218001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2387201218001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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To hear a particularly shred-tastic track ("Maybe I Am a Wolf") from the album, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/song-premiere-jacky-vincent-maybe-i-am-wolf">head HERE.</a></p> <p>Follow Vincent on <a href="https://twitter.com/JackyCVincent">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacky-Vincent/155765824467171">Facebook</a> — and check out his recent <em>Guitar World</em> instructional columns <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/user/168950">right HERE.</a> </p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TzLZN1K-PUE" frameborder="0" width="620" height="360"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/falling-reverse-premiere-bad-girls-club-music-video#comments Falling In Reverse News Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:22:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19693 at http://www.guitarworld.com Ronnie Radke and Falling In Reverse Launch Bury the Hatchet Tour with Escape The Fate: "It Was Time" http://www.guitarworld.com/ronnie-radke-and-falling-reverse-launch-bury-hatchet-tour-escape-fate-it-was-time <!--paging_filter--><p>Ever since Ronnie Radke's not-so-amicable departure from Escape The Fate, his subsequent incarceration and the formation of his new band, Falling In Reverse, both bands — and to an extent, their fans — have waged a semi-constant battle in the press. </p> <p>Now, however, Radke has buried the hatchet with his former band. </p> <p>To prove it, Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate have joined forces to launch a major-market tour — the Bury the Hatchet Tour — which will make its way across the US beginning January 15, 2014.</p> <p>Falling In Reverse's sophomore album, <em>Fashionably Late</em>, which was released in June, introduces hip-hop and electronic elements to the band's current combination of metal core and radio-friendly choruses, creating its own unique sound. The new album is also the first to feature bassist Ron Ficarro and drummer Ryan Seaman.</p> <p>We recently caught up with Radke and discussed the album, the tour — and the end of his long, often bitter feud with Escape The Fate. You check out all the current dates at the bottom of this story.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What made you decide to finally bury the hatchet with Escape The Fate?</strong></p> <p>It was time. As a fan, it's crazy when you think about your favorite bands feuding, and finding yourself having to choose a side. Then one day you wake up and realize you don't have to choose a side anymore, because everyone gets along. And what better way to end a feud than by going out on tour together and giving the fans something they'll never forget?</p> <p><strong>Can you tell us anything about the tour schedule?</strong></p> <p>Starting January 15, we'll be doing a big market tour over all of the major cities across America. We'll be joined by Chelsea Grinn and Survive This. Prior to that, my band will be doing the Living the Dream Foundation Acoustic Tour in smaller rooms with no other bands. We'll be raising money for kids who are terminally ill and fans of the band.</p> <p><strong>What can you tell us about your new album, <em>Fashionably Late</em>?</strong></p> <p><em>Fashionably Late</em> is a sound of all of my collective thoughts together. Everything that I've ever felt, all together. The title pays homage to an old record from Escape The Fate. Diehard fans will know the play on words.</p> <p><strong>What was the writing and recording process like?</strong></p> <p>Usually, I'll start by singing a melody and then put guitars behind it. I think the most important and catchy way to write songs is to write the guitars around a vocal. As far as recording goes, what I did first was write and record the album in a home studio. Then I presented the album to the band and we learned all of the songs together. Afterwards, we went back into the studio and did it the real way.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KPoaKxm4wDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>You've incorporated quite a bit of hip-hop and electronica on the new album. How and why did that come about?</strong></p> <p>We wanted to be different from everything else. A lot of bands get stuck in a rut and don't want to change their sound, either because they're not allowed to or because they're afraid of being scrutinized. </p> <p><strong>Did you always know music would be your calling?</strong></p> <p>When I was younger, music was always there. It was something that was very natural for me. I've never taken vocal lessons, and songs would just come out of me. I found myself getting better and better with practice.</p> <p><strong>Who were some of your influences when you were coming up?</strong></p> <p>Eminem was a big influence for me. I was also into a lot of classic rock and metal, bands like Mötley Crüe; Black Sabbath and Judas Priest.</p> <p><strong>How did Falling In Reverse come to be?</strong></p> <p>While I was in solitary confinement, I had a lot of friends who would write me all the time and tell me I should never give up on my dreams. That really inspired me. By the time I got out, I had a band waiting for me and a label ready to make a record. That's what we did.</p> <p><strong>2014 BURY THE HATCHET TOUR: Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate</strong></p> <p>Wed/Jan-15-2014 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern<br /> Thu/Jan-16-2014 San Diego, CA Soma<br /> Fri/Jan-17-2014 Phoenix, AZ Marquis<br /> Sat/Jan-18-2014 Las Vegas, NV HOB<br /> Mon/Jan-20-2014 Dallas, TX HOB<br /> Tue/Jan-21-2014 Houston, TX HOB<br /> Wed/Jan-22-2014 San Antonio, TX Backstage<br /> Fri/Jan-24-2014 Tampa, FL Jannus<br /> Sat/Jan-25-2014 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution<br /> Sun/Jan-26-2014 Orlando, FL HOB<br /> Mon/Jan-27-2014 Atlanta, GA Masquerade<br /> Tue/Jan-28-2014 Norfolk, VA Norva<br /> Wed/Jan-29-2014 Silver Springs, MD Fillmore<br /> Thu/Jan-30-2014 New York, NY Best Buy<br /> Sat/Feb-01-2014 Worcester, MA Palladium<br /> Sun/Feb-02-2014 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory<br /> Tue/Feb-04-2014 Detroit MI Royal Oak<br /> Wed/Feb-05-2014 Chicago, IL HOB<br /> Fri/Feb-07-2014 Denver, CO Ogden<br /> Sat/Feb-08-2014 SLC, UT Complex<br /> Mon/Feb-10-2014 Seattle, WA Showbox<br /> Tue/Feb-11-2014 Portland, OR Wonder<br /> Thu/Feb-13-2014 San Francisco, CA Regency<br /> Fri/Feb-14-2014 Pomona, CA Fox</p> <p><em>For more about Falling In Reverse, visit their <a href="http://www.fallinginreverse.com/">official website</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/fallinginreverseofficial">Facebook page.</a></em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/ronnie-radke-and-falling-reverse-launch-bury-hatchet-tour-escape-fate-it-was-time#comments Escape the Fate Falling In Reverse James Wood Ronnie Radke Interviews News Features Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:57:37 +0000 James Wood 19592 at http://www.guitarworld.com Song Premiere: Jacky Vincent — "Maybe I Am a Wolf" http://www.guitarworld.com/song-premiere-jacky-vincent-maybe-i-am-wolf <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, check out GuitarWorld.com's premiere of "Maybe I Am a Wolf," a new instrumental track by Falling In Reverse guitarist (and former <em>Guitar World</em> columnist) Jacky Vincent.</p> <p>The song is from Vincent's new shred-guitar album, <em>Star X Speed Story</em>, which was released today, October 22, through <a href="http://shrapnelrecords.com/">Shrapnel Records</a>. The album was produced by Vincent and executive produced by Mike Varney.</p> <p>The album, which features guest appearances by Paul Gilbert, Michael Angelo Batio and Dario Lorina, features more than enough explosive playing to satisfy the most discriminating guitar fan. It might also make your brain melt, as one of Vincent's fans said on <a href="https://twitter.com/JackyCVincent">the guitarist's Twitter.</a></p> <p>Check out "Maybe I Am a Wolf" below — and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>Follow Vincent on <a href="https://twitter.com/JackyCVincent">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacky-Vincent/155765824467171">Facebook</a> — and check out his <em>Guitar World</em> instructional columns <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/user/168950">HERE.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116534379%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-8nrod"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/song-premiere-jacky-vincent-maybe-i-am-wolf#comments Falling In Reverse Jacky Vincent News Features Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:09:34 +0000 Damian Fanelli 19533 at http://www.guitarworld.com United Stringdom with Jacky Vincent: Utilizing Pedal Tones Within Metal Riffs http://www.guitarworld.com/united-stringdom-jacky-vincent-utilizing-pedal-tones-within-metal-riffs <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the November 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-13-dream-theater/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=NovemberVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>One of the true staples of the sound of hard rock and metal is the use of repeated pedal tone figures to drive heavy riffs and rhythm parts. A pedal tone is a sustained tone, typically in the bass, that is performed while at least one additional harmony is sounded in another register. </p> <p>Within the scope of rock and metal guitar playing, this often translates to the repeated striking of a low note on the sixth or fifth string (typically open) that alternates with higher single notes or chords. Two classic examples of pedal tones used this way are Judas Priest’s “Another Thing Comin’ ” and the verse figure to the Ozzy Osbourne classic “Crazy Train.” </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2652124299001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2652124299001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --><script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><!-- End of Brightcove Player --> http://www.guitarworld.com/united-stringdom-jacky-vincent-utilizing-pedal-tones-within-metal-riffs#comments Falling In Reverse Jacky Vincent November 2013 United Stringdom News Lessons Magazine Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:40:31 +0000 Jacky Vincent 19197 at http://www.guitarworld.com United Stringdom: Combining Sweep Picking, Legato Techniques and Tapping to Create Exciting Solos http://www.guitarworld.com/united-stringdom-combining-sweep-picking-legato-techniques-and-tapping-create-exciting-solos <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the September 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-13-prog-rock-roundtable-asking-alexandria/?&amp;utm_source=homepage&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=SeptemberVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>As a guitarist, I have always found it important to build and maintain an arsenal of soloing techniques so that I can play as fluidly as possible when inspiration strikes. To present a range of musical expression within a solo, I like to combine three of my favorite techniques: sweep picking, legato articulations (hammer-ons, pull-offs and finger slides) and fretboard tapping. </p> <p>Some of my favorite guitarists utilize this approach in their solos, and I’ve been inspired by them to integrate these techniques into my own style. This month, I’d like to demonstrate how I can combine these techniques in the formulation of a guitar solo. </p> <p>One of my favorite soloing strategies is to begin a phrase with some sweep picking and then transition into a fast legato line. To me, this approach has the potential to create flurries of notes that don’t sound predictable because the run as a whole is not based upon just one technique.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2538490318001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2538490318001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Some of my guitar students have erroneously assumed that certain phrases were performed using sweep picking, but in fact I used string skipping, along with alternate and economy picking, to create a similar effect. If you’re a fan of the sound of fast alternate- and sweep/economy-picked phrases, the string-skipping techniques I demonstrate in this month’s lesson will appeal to you. </p> <p>One great advantage to string skipping is that it allows you to get the aggressive sound of steady alternate picking, as all the notes are picked. Another benefit is that it lets you perform the big intervallic “jumps” often associated with sweeps by moving very quickly from, say, the fifth to the third to the first string and then back down again, leaping from one octave to another instantly. This results in exciting phrases that sound more difficult to play than they actually are. </p> <p>I don’t think that much about “upper extensions,” such as the ninth, 11th or 13th. I prefer to keep the primary triads of each chord in mind in order to maintain a clear picture of the harmonic relationship between the single-note line and the chord over which it is played. </p> <p><strong>FIGURE 1-</strong> is an eight-bar exercise built from string-skipped, 16th-note phrases that move between a series of tonal centers in two-bar segments. I begin with two bars over D major and play notes exclusively from the D major scale (D E Fs G A B Cs). The approach can be boiled down to a three-notes-per-string concept that begins in fifth position and then quickly shifts up to seventh and ninth positions. At bar 3, I switch to lines based on the relative minor chord, Bm, with lines based on the B Aeolian mode, also known as the B natural minor scale (B Cs D E Fs G A). This phrase is played identically to the first D major-based phrase in terms of the way it “falls” on the fretboard, although it begins in 14th position and moves up to 15th and 17th positions. </p> <p>The remainder of the exercise is constructed by applying this same string-skipping and intervallic-sequencing approach to G major- and E minor-based lines. The G major lines are based on the G major scale (G A B C D E Fs), and the E minor lines are based on the E Dorian mode (E Fs G A B Cs D). The example ends with a vibrato-ed Dm9 chord.</p> <p>I strive to use minimal pick-hand movement when playing these kinds of phrases, keeping the pick close to and directly above each given string at all times. I also use a sharp attack in order to make each note jump out and “speak” as clearly as possible, which is a good thing to keep in mind while playing through this exercise.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2479719159001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2479719159001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --><script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><!-- End of Brightcove Player --> http://www.guitarworld.com/united-stringdom-using-string-skipping-create-angular-sweep-type-sounds#comments August 2013 Falling In Reverse Jacky Vincent United Stringdom News Lessons Magazine Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:07:01 +0000 Jacky Vincent 18601 at http://www.guitarworld.com United Stringdom: Using Alternate and Economy Picking to Play Blazingly Fast Runs http://www.guitarworld.com/united-stringdom-using-alternate-and-economy-picking-play-blazingly-fast-runs <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the June 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-13-megadeth/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=videospage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>Two of my essential techniques for playing the fastest lead passages in my performances with Falling in Reverse are alternate picking and economy picking. As the names imply, alternate picking involves alternating between downstrokes and upstrokes, while economy picking entails reducing, or economizing, the amount of pick-hand motion used to perform single-note runs while picking every note. </p> <p>This month, I’d like to show you some examples of both picking techniques and demonstrate how I integrate them to play a fast three-bar passage from my guitar solo in the song “Goodbye Graceful.”</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2294116770001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2294116770001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch it below.</p> <p>But before there was a video, there was what had to have been an epic video shoot, featuring cars, women and even a rooftop guitar solo. For a sneak peek at all the action, check out the below photo gallery (under the video) featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the "Good Girls Bad Guys" video.</p> <p>"Good Girls Bad Guys" is taken from the band's latest album, last year's <em>The Drug In Me Is You</em> (<a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=FqJm3WhBZ1c&amp;offerid=146261.447274566&amp;type=2&amp;subid=0">Buy on iTunes</a>).</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Ga2r8bpzo5k" frameborder="0" width="620" height="349"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-falling-reverse-behind-scenes-good-girls-bad-guys-music-video-shoot#comments Falling In Reverse News Wed, 20 Jun 2012 15:32:15 +0000 Josh Hart 16059 at http://www.guitarworld.com Falling In Reverse Debut "Good Girls Bad Guys" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/falling-reverse-debut-good-girls-bad-guys-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Falling In Reverse have just premiered the official music video for "Good Girls Bad Guys," which was directed by Zach Merck. You can check out the Ronnie Radke-fronted band's hilarious new video below.</p> <p>"Good Girls Bad Guys" is taken from the band's latest album, <eM>The Drug In Me Is You</em>, which was released last summer on Epitaph.</p> <p>You can catch Falling In Reverse on the road all summer as part of the Vans Warped Tour.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Ga2r8bpzo5k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/falling-reverse-debut-good-girls-bad-guys-music-video#comments Falling In Reverse News Mon, 18 Jun 2012 17:25:24 +0000 Josh Hart 16043 at http://www.guitarworld.com Falling In Reverse Release Music Video for "Raised By Wolves" http://www.guitarworld.com/falling-reverse-release-music-video-raised-wolves <!--paging_filter--><p>Falling In Reverse have just released a new music video for their track "Raised By Wolves." </p> <p>Watch it below.</p> <p>The track is taken from last year's <em>The Drug in Me Is You</em>, which landed at No. 21 on our list of the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-top-50-albums-2011#slide-29">50 best albums of 2011</a>.</p> <p><em>The Drug in Me Is You</em> is out now on Epitaph.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/un82tyFzG7I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/falling-reverse-release-music-video-raised-wolves#comments Falling In Reverse News Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:10:03 +0000 Josh Hart 14805 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video Premiere: Falling in Reverse "I'm Not a Vampire" http://www.guitarworld.com/video-premiere-falling-reverse-im-not-vampire <!--paging_filter--><p>Last week we previewed some <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/falling-in-reverse-vampire-video-photos">behind-the-scenes photos</a> and a vid teaser from Falling in Reverse's video, "I'm Not a Vampire," from their 2011 debut <em>The Drug in Me Is You</em> (Epitaph). They've just premiered the full video today, which you can check out below:</p> <object width="640" height="360"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ODhMdujZeEY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ODhMdujZeEY?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-premiere-falling-reverse-im-not-vampire#comments Falling In Reverse Videos News Mon, 24 Oct 2011 22:31:50 +0000 Guitar World Staff 13302 at http://www.guitarworld.com