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'In the style of' Guthrie Govan - Section 4

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OK, the legato madness continues to greater heights!

This section is where the solo reaches its dynamic peak in the tapped string skipped arpeggio again commonly used by Mr Govan!

At this point I'd like to comment on uhe use of string damping tools. During these kind of tapped passages which invariably present some challenges in the muting department, Guthrie tends to opt for the use of a hairband positioned around the neck. He usually leaves the hairband around the nut and pulls it up when approaching a challenging tapping lick. While I would agree that if it helps it can only be a good thing, I would also say that one musn't be totally reliant on these things. I did adopt that for a short period but decided to stop using it because I felt it wasn't right for me. I prefer to use only the tools that I was born with; my hands! That being said, if you would rather use something to aid you, go for it!

Technique wise, when you skip strings whilst playing the arpeggio, make sure that your index finger is accurately placed and that you minimise any extraneous noise with either the left hand fingers or the right hand palm/fingers.

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