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Watch the Power Pop: 4 online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Cubed

Seeing Guitar 1 played by itself where you can watch the PIP view in the top left-hand corner, you now can see the jackhammer-like downstrokes employed to give this part the stones it needs. Another aspect that was hidden from you in the Guitars 1 & 2 Performance segment and now seen in the PIP is how the pick hand backs up towards the bridge to pick those closing chromatic 1/8 notes that start on the downbeat of bar 8. The reason for doing this is to take advantage of the extra tension that exists there when picking at that location as well as the tonal differences. In regards to the former, this is a trick I picked up from none other than Jaco Pastorius--of all people! Together both of the attributes help drive the motive and make it as potent as it's intended.

Taking this up close look at Guitar 1 there’s no doubt this part makes extremely tight changes. That said, you’ll need to practice the transitions slowly and forming the chords in the air to get them up to speed. As for the wild vibrato at the end of the passage, once again, it’s all Zakk Wylde. In the following segment we’ll take a look into another form of tightness—harmonically speaking, that is.