Playing Rating: Advanced

Example 1

This example begins with a repetitive descending sweep outlining a B major triad that lasts for two bars building up tension until the bend at bar 3 which is followed by a descending run in 3rds, a characteristic interval sequence often used by Satriani. Bar 4 employs some string skipping and requires some technique in order to play it with clarity, so as usual, approach it slowly aiming for accuracy.

Example 1

Example 2

Example 2 features the technique that Satriani is notorious for, the legato technique. This ascending run outlines an E major scale, although we are in A Lydian, E major works fine because it is the home key of A Lydian which is the fourth mode of E major. The legato phrase progresses to a descending fifth pattern that begins at the end of bar 4 and ends at bat 6, after the pinched harmonic in the same bar an F# minor pentatonic is formed implying a kind of bluesy sound over the Lydian. F# minor pentatonic is a sound substitution as it is linked to the second mode of the E major scale, F# Dorian, so as stated before anything within the major scale modal system is fair game.

Example 2

Example 3

This lick showcases the pinched harmonic, a device used very effectively by Satriani, it is a cutting sound and many of the great rock guitarists like to use it, but it can be hit or miss, so watch out!

Example 3