EPISODE TWO – Silver Talon’s Speed of the Night Solo #2 Lesson
Welcome back to another edition of The Living Shred! This month I’m giving you a comprehensive overview of how to play my second solo from the Silver Talon track “Speed of the Night.” I’ve broken this solo down into 9 licks that I’ll explain in more detail below.
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Lick #1 – The first lick starts off with a quick slide to the 19th fret on the high E strings, immediately followed by a full bar of tremolo picking. We’re going to break up a bit of the monotony and insert a couple of wild full step bends in bar 2.
Lick #2 – This lick gets into fairly classic Yngwie/Paul Gilbert territory with a full 3 octave run in the key of E minor. One thing to note about how I play this is, since I generally pick with my picking hand slanted upward, I switch between strings using an upstroke. I also noticed when tabbing this out that I speed up the second half of this lick to make it fit into 2 bars. The tempo increase should feel gradual as you go along.
Lick #3 – Though this lick is only 1 bar played in 8th notes, it’s quite tricky! This is essentially an E minor arpeggio played while skipping strings. Make sure to use straight alternate picking right up until you get to the last note, then play that with a down stroke so you’ll be setup for Lick #4.
Lick #4 – This lick is a pretty typical example of how I’ll string arpeggio shapes together to cover a decent amount of the neck. The first shape is a 3 string version of the G major triad. We go down, then up before sliding with our pinky to the next arpeggio shape, which is a C major triad played in a 5 string variant. Go down the full shape, then back up, and then down 3 notes of it. Once we’ve done that, we immediately slide into the final arpeggio shape, an E minor 5 string arpeggio. We start this one off the same as the last shape, descending 5 strings, ascending 5 strings, then descending 3 strings, but once we ascend the 3 strings for the final time, we tap on the 24th fret, then slide with our pinky from 19 to 24 and back again. This is a little lick I stole from Jeff Loomis. Timing wise, this should all fit in 3 bars and certain parts are rushed to make it all fit.
Lick #5 – Here’s where we slow it down a bit. The key changes from E minor to A minor, and we immediately hit a step and half over bend on the 20th fret of the high E string to really milk it. We do a quick A minor pentatonic scale walk down, ending on the 19th fret of the G string, before launching into these Andy La Rocque inspired flutters. The pattern is a simple 1 string run of 4 notes, but you want to flick the tip of your whammy bar at the start of each note. When done right, this should sound like a boing not too dissimilar from flicking one of those old school door stoppers at your Grandma’s house.
Lick #6 – This lick is a harmonized melody that’s thrown in here for good measure. While not hard to play, you want to make sure you’re putting enough emphasis on each note when you come to it I also find that it’s important to break up the constant barrage of shred with something a little slower that’s easier for people’s minds to process. This is exactly what this lick does.
Lick #7 – Here we’re sweeping through inversions of the 3 string shape A minor arpeggio in standard Yngwie fashion. The trick here is to play this as straight 16th notes and to only descend with them.
Lick #8 – The explosive finale to my second solo, this is a tapped diminished sounding run that covers almost the entirety of the neck in 4 bars. The first 3 bars are fairly straight forward – play a diminished shape with 3 notes per string separated by a minor 3rd starting on the G string. Luckily for us, this shape is exactly the same as it would be on the high E string. Once we play through the first shape, we slide up and play the second shape, also separated by a minor 3rd. The trick is jumping from one shape to another, so make sure you start this one slow before speeding the whole thing up. Make note that once you get to the end of the 3rd bar, and starting in the 4th bar, you’re going to be required to start a pattern with a tap. To do this, we’re going to end the previous pattern with a slide up a minor 3rd to the next note. That way we’ll be better setup lead into the next pattern with a tap.
Lick #9 – Here’s where we gradually slow it back down as the tempo drops back to its normal 165 bpm. Here we’re playing a 6 string A minor arpeggio with an added 9 on the G string. We sweep all the way down with this, before playing a couple quick staccato notes and ending with a bend on the 20th fret of the B string.
Whew, that was a lot! Let me know if you have any questions on any of this. Remember to take it slow and to feel it out. I recommend using an app like The Amazing Slow Downer so you can slow the track down to 50% or so and play along.
Until next time!