Many players who are able to play at higher speeds (say 16ths at 140bpm-200bpm) rely on certain favorite fingerings, “signature licks” and patterns in order to be able to play consistently and relatively effortlessly at those speeds.
Whenever I find such a lick/pattern that I can play at “infinite” tempo with low effort, it gives me a tremendous feeling of excitement, just like the moment Troy demystified EJs and YJMs patterns for me. Before CTC it was the moment I found out how Marty Friedman uses mini sweeps to play the Tornado of Souls arpeggios (which I always had tried with alternate picking)
I was wondering if we can create a library with some of our “Secret Weapon” licks, because those are the patterns that unlock the ability to play at (super) high speeds without much effort and I am very curious to see what other players have found to be effortless but cool-sounding at the same time.
Some of the “criteria” a “Secret Weapon” lick should meet for me are:
You could play it consistently at high tempos with minimal warmup
The lick sounds very “impressive” or “complicated”, but actually is pretty straightforward to play
It is not gimmicky, but actually musically interesting
Here is one of mine:
I think it is from the ending of the High Speed Dirt solo and I have been playing this lick for the past 15 years or so.
The picking is a bit strange but this is the picking that I use. I can play this lick at 160bpm, but it sounds good also at slower tempos.
I also put the fingerings in; I know that for this lick the fingerings are pretty straight forward, but I hate it when they are not present in complicated solos. For example, figuring out EJ solos without picking and fingering indications drives me crazy and it so happens that these are almost never present in most tabs, especially fingerings.
I hope you like the lick, please tell me what you think of it and looking forward to other licks.