Recently, I've been experimenting with five-note patterns, or quintuplets. A quintuplet is when you fit five notes where usually you'd fit four. For example, you can fit 20 16th-note quintuplets in a normal bar where you'd play five evenly spaced notes for each beat. These rhythms can be challenging, so I wanted to give you some simple exercises and licks that will help you develop a "feel" for them.
I am often asked how I incorporate chromatic notes into my solos and how I approach playing “outside” the given key center of a
song. If you have ever used the blues scale, then you have already employed chromatic notes in some of the most musical ways possible.
Today we’re going to pick things up where we left off by tackling the notes on the fourth string. And remember, we’re going to be focusing on the prime pitches — that is A, B, C, D, E, F, G — like we did with the fifth and sixth strings. I do this because I’ve learned that simplifying the notes across the fretboard can make things easier for students to master them.
This lick is a real showcase of how you can create legato runs using the pentatonic. Predominantly, legato patterns within the pentatonic consist of two-note-per-string pulls and hammers. I like to adopt a combination of this with a wide intervalic approach to add an extra note to the patterns.
As a rock/metal guitarist, I am continuously working on writing better guitar riffs. From my perspective, the guitar riff has suffered in modern music in terms of creativity and usage. A good, creative riff is the most important ingredient when writing any rock/metal song. Here are a few tips that might help you write better riffs.