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Fusion Rock Solo over 7/8

Sean Conklin 456 lessons

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In this lesson, we're going to learn a solo from a song I recently finished. The solo floats over a 7/8 time signature. If you aren't familiar with time signatures, you can check out a basic introduction here, or for an in-depth analysis check out this tutorial.

As I mentioned, this solo tends to somewhat float over the groove, so while your timing should "make sense", you still have room to experiment with the note durations of some of the notes. Play and interpret this solo however you wish and let it inspire you to write something of your own.

There are a lot of notes with vibrato in this solo. As they say, "tone is the fingers", so in order to give this solo a really sexy feel, make sure you focus on playing with tasty yet controlled vibrato.

In Bar 6, you'll notice on the B note I give the whammy bar a subtle flutter. If you have a whammy bar with that functionality, do the flutter! If not, just give that note some tasty vibrato. The D note that you see at the end of Bar 6 will be played using a hammer-on from nowhere.

For the 16th note triplet (sextuplet) pattern in Bar 9, I'd recommend practicing that separately from the rest of the solo until you can get it tight and clean.

Once you've put it all together, head on over to the next page for the backing track!

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