Technique: Alternate Picking
Lesson Name: Yngwie Malmsteen Harmonic Minor Run
Yngwie Malmsteen is widely considered to be the founder of neoclassical shred guitar. He is known for both his superb compositional abilities as well as his superior technique and application of scales and modes into his playing. In this lesson you will learn how to play a run from one of his most popular songs, ”Far Beyond the Sun”. This run is in the key of F# Harmonic Minor, and involves a lot of alternate picking as well as left hand shifting.
Ex 1: This is the first part of the run. Everything is alternate picked. Fret with your pinky the 21st fret of the 1st string, the 19th fret with your middle finger, and the 17th fret with your index. After playing the 17th fret, shift your hand down 1 fret and play the 16th fret with your index finger. Then play the 19th fret with your pinky, 17th fret with your middle finger, and 16th with your index. Shift 2 frets down and play the 14th fret with your index, 17th with your pinky, 16th with your ring, and 14th with your index. End on the 13th fret by shifting your index finger down 1 fret.
Ex 2: For the second part of the run, you will start with your pinky on the 16th fret 1st string, then play the 14th fret with your middle finger and the 13th fret with your index. Shift your left hand down 1 fret and play the 15th fret of the 2nd string with your pinky, the 14th fret with your ring, and the 12th fret with your index. Shift another 2 frets down, and play the 10th fret of the 2nd string with your index, the 13th fret of the 3rd string with your pinky, the 11th fret with your middle, and the 10th fret with your index. Shift down 1 more fret and play the 12th fret of the 4th string with your pinky, 11th fret with your ring, and 9th fret with your index. Repeat for the fifth string, and end on the 8th fret by shifting down 1 fret.
Final Run: This is what the final run looks like up to speed after combining both parts.