For the last teaching section of the Dimebag Darrell player study we will learn another solo, this time utilising Dimebag's more melodic style playing as well as more signature whacky licks!
To end our Dimebag Darrell player study we are learning this more melodic heavy metal style solo. As always with our solo studies, your first job is to listen! You may want to run through the video 5 or 6 times until you are able to hum along to the solo, thus ensuring you have the basic rhythms in your head before you start learning it properly.
For the first lick we are using a lot of blues scale notes alongside a few chromatic approach notes (as we spoke about in the Trickbag section). We are in the key of Eb minor, and using the shapes in the fretboard diagrams to play through the lick.
This lick is really cool and uses the whacky idea of creating more tension by taking a repeated lick up a semitone, before resolving the Eb minor shape 1 again. The repeated lick starts in the Eb minor shape 5, before stepping up a semitone. The semitone step-up plays the part of the tension, as it sounds almost like a key change, which the pentatonic shape 1 in Eb minor resolves. The shapes can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
At this point, we move into the relative major key, which is Gb major. This means that exactly the same shapes apply, but now our root is the Gb. We combine the pentatonic scale with the chromatic scale. Importantly whenever you use the chromatic scale, be sure to resolve it on a strong note from the key (i.e. the root, 5th or 3rd). The scale shape can be found in the fretboard diagrams. In this instance, we resolve the final chromatic lick on the major 3rd of the key, giving it a strong finish.
We kick off this lick using the Gb major scale shape 1 and 2 (full scale and pentatonic), finished off with a classic, almost Jimmy Page style, repetitive bluesy lick. You can repeat this style as lick as often as you want, but Dion plays it 3 times before hitting the 1 1/2 tone bend. The scale shapes can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
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