Lick of the Day Al Di Meola!

Discussion in 'String Theory' started by mosiddiqi, Feb 19, 2011.

    Feb 19, 2011
  1. mosiddiqi The Curry Master

    Here's a really cool lick from Al that also doubles as an excellent alternate picking exercise. You can tell that Yngwie definitely listened to Al quite a bit I think..;). The thing that Al is really good at is lighting fast alternate picking while his right hand mutes the strings leading to a very staccato attack.

    I grabbed this lick from Al's "Race with the Devil on a Spanish Highway" which is full of killer speed licks. I highly recommend any aspiring shredders to give that track a listen, or in fact anyone that just wants to improve their alternate picking.

    The tempo is pretty frightening slow the track right down with whatever software you like ( I'm a big "Transcribe!" fan) and work towards getting his level of articulation when playing fast.

    The lick sounds like this looped:

    ..and looks like this:


    Try moving the whole lick around all over the fretboard whilst keeping time with a metronome. It's a GREAT picking workout!.

    Have fun! :)
  2. Feb 19, 2011
  3. paulskirocks Blue Zone Compliant

    Cool! This one is very natural for me...
  4. Feb 19, 2011
  5. Mark Wein :mad:

  6. Feb 21, 2011
  7. micwalt Hell Bound, F*g-Enabling Whore

    Nice one!
  8. Feb 21, 2011
  9. Fumbles Ufo magnet.

    My picking sucks I need all the help I can get:)
  10. Feb 22, 2011
  11. mosiddiqi The Curry Master

    Not from what I've heard! :)..but yeah, working on Al's stuff will definitely improve matters. His articulation and command of rhythm is pretty frightening. The longer I play, the more I'm finding that rhythmic control is one of the key elements that separates the greats from the rest. It's not that hard with regular practice to play a steady stream of 16th notes at superfast speeds ala Yngwie, but when the lines are syncopated/ all gets way harder.

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