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 fast scale runs - Slash style 
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is evil...Evil Joe

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Post fast scale runs - Slash style
Hi to everybody,
I just love the faster, ascending scale runs that Slash plays in his solos (see solo for "Don't damn me" or second solo of "Give in to me").. but the tabs I found are not that good. Anybody has ideas how Slash constructs those runs , that just seem to have a lot of chromatic passing notes and legato? I just love that percussive sounds of the notes he plays .. Thanx for any help!
Dino


Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:34 am
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Post Re: fast scale runs - Slash style
I had a listen to Don't Damn Me. I don't have time to transcribe it or check tabs but what I do know is that Slash is not a music theory genius or an obsessive one for getting things 'textbook perfect' let's say, so my first guess is it's unlikely to be anything majorly complicated thought wise (no melodic minor scales here). What I do think most of it is is similar to what Zakk Wylde always talks about which is adding chromatic passing tones to the pentatonic scale.

So - in the key of Am if you take the standard scale you would play these frets ascending the strings low to high:
5-8, 5-7, 5-7, 5-7, 5-8, 5-8

To augment that and include some hip notes you could play:
5-7-8, 5-6-7, 5-6-7, 5-7-8, 5-7-8, 5-7-8

Now if you mess around with legato and such ideas you will hear that instantly things sound a lot more interesting. Realizing that these ideas can be applied to other positions of the scale will really open up your possibilities and get you closer to that sound.

I'm sure other guys can give you way more help, but that's my initial thoughts.


Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:26 pm
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Post Re: fast scale runs - Slash style
thanx a lot, that helped already a lot theory wise... technique wise what do You think?!
Thank You!


Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:32 pm
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