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Building Speed and Stamina - "Repetition" Solo

Sean Conklin 456 lessons

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In our 3rd "Speed and Stamina" exercise, we'll be looking at an excerpt from an old song I wrote called "Repetition". This short solo will definitely test your endurance for both hands.

Before you begin, you need to do something important if you haven't already. Do you know what it is? You need to warm up and stretch! Don't attempt this exercise (or any of this tutorial's exercises for that matter) until you've warmed up properly and stretched.

At the start of the exercise, there's a brief power chord intro that leads into the solo. This part isn't the main focus of the lesson, but I still put it in the tablature in case you'd like to learn it.

The solo spans over the top 3 strings. As far as picking, you'll be using alternate picking for the most part. There are, however, a few spots where your picking will briefly cease to allow for the open string pull-offs.

Bottomline, this is a straightforward riff, but at high speeds it can be quite a challenge. Practice extremely slowly when you first begin learning this. I'd highly recommend getting your metronome out as well and playing sixteenth notes along with it. Set it at a slow speed initially, then gradually build up.

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