Hey guys, just registered.
Been playing for little over three years and realized I need a SERIOUS check on my technique, as I just play along to CDs and haven't done any serious exercise routines in a long long time.
I remembered trying to tackle this song back in my first few months and now revisited it. I've been trying to learn it for about a week now and looking at the posts I've picked up great hints. Namely using alternate picking for the arpeggios at the start instead of the mix between sweep and alternate I was doing till now.
And kudos to mesaboogieman, that was simply the best non-professional cover I've heard. Totally envy that guitar tone, makes me want to play more!
With that said (hehe sorry for the rant), just need three little tips that puzzle me:
During the fourth arpeggio in the first section of the song I have a LOT of issues connecting the D and F on the G string. I normally try to slide my way up but unless I'm playing it with a clean setting it will cause a nasty clash with the following A on the B string. Haven't been able to figure this one out yet, any tips?
My second other problem is during the 5th caprice section, it's the fourth bar of that particular part of the song and it goes G-B-D on the D, G and B strings respectively. I can't figure out how to tackle this one either, regardless of wether I alternate or sweep (my sweep is rather sloppy) I always seem to miss the B, even at slow speeds.
My third problem is with the diminished scale at the end of the legato section . Again my hand just magically misses the strings! This is easily the hardest part to me so any help would be apreciated
That being said my alternate picking is rather sloppy, as I just developed speed without even worrying on how to hold the pick. Trying to work on that one but it's a bad habit I've been carrying a long time hehe. My sweep picking isn't good either.
For extra info I play it at about 70-80 BPM, hope to be able to do it fully up to speed in a few more months.
I can get an audio sample too if it helps
It's a very frustrating part but it just feels nice to play. To anyone who can play it even half as well as Mr. Vai you have my sincere applause!
Sorry for the long post, just like to ramble a bit.