This one took me ages to record to a decent level, and at the end of it I decided to reward myself with a professional mix by Chernobyl Studios! He promised me that the edits were few and minimal (e.g. shifting some notes by a few ms to avoid double tracking artifacts) - but in the next few days I will try to make a demo mix on my own to show you the raw thing, if it can be of interest!
To me the song feels like a “Neoclassical Blues”, and it forced me to work on a lot of my weaknesses - e.g. trying to make a slow melody sound nice and “alive” with proper phrasing (well, at least I tried!). Funnily enough one of the hardest things for me to get right was a single long note: the pinch harmonic/vibrato in the very first riff - actually I don’t think I got it 100% right but at some point you gotta stop and finish the job
Picking-wise there are some tough challenges in here, even though the speed is not that high compared to other pieces I played. My default approach has been that of the “Anti-gravity” seminar (Batio/Vinnie style of picking), though there are occasions where Gambale / Eric-Johnson / Yngwie-style strategies have been used.
The harmony parts at 1:26, for example, feature a nasty combination of sweeps and single/double string skips which I tackled with inside picking - I will add a tab + description for this particular lick in the next post, and in general please let me know if there is any lick/section of the song where people would like more details on the techniques used