Edit: We got tabs for it now
I’ve been working on a variety of things behind the scenes, including setting up a proper filming setup and trying to come up with etudes to master the art of “Technical Difficulties Picking” (TD in short).
TD is difficult because:
- The 16th-note pedal tone riff involves a mix of DSX and USX picking, with a single note on a string (i.e. a DBX pickstroke) at the turning points
- It involves the rhythmic challenge of combining 16th notes and sextuplets at 130bpm
- The sextuplet runs (when done with alternate picking) require “mixed escapes” picking at a pretty fast pace (equivalent to 195bpm 16th notes)
- The TD riff has quite tricky fretting hand shapes, involving stretches and finger barring
This first etude addresses the challenges 1 and 2: I simplified a bit the sextuplet runs to make them fully DSX-compatible. In this way, I can focus solely on trying to keep the rhythms tight. The second part of the etude is instead a blatant Scarified ripoff
In this recent IG post by Troy we look in particular at the mix of USX and DSX required for the 16th-note pedal tone riff, hope you’ll enjoy:
Since I can’t resist double tracking everything, here is also a bonus 2-guitar version recorded with my more amateurish filming setup:
Fun fact about red light syndrome: it took me about 1 hour and 4 takes total to write, practice and record the “amateurish filming version”. When we decided to turn this into a “proper” CTC clip, and after setting up all the professional filming gear, I had to do something like 10 takes to get a decent one. And none of them was as good as my earlier 4 “easygoing” takes! Don’t get me wrong, the take is good, and it has basically no mistakes. But I feel like the quality of my rhythm and phrasing is still not where it should be.
So here’s my homework for the future: do more proper filming to get better at it!
PS: the similarity to “Painkiller” by Judas Priest was not intentional. In fact I discovered that song just after writing this