Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Chris Bieniek: Guitar Solo Pick Study #2

This is a solo/study that focuses on picking. It makes use of alternate and economy/ sweep picking lines using 16ths at 180 BPM.
I often use these studies for students interested in developing their picking further.

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100% of the profit will be donated to Orangutan Conservation (Specifically Orangutan Foundation International). If you don't want this solo but would like to donate, go to: (Which is the Orangutan Official Website)

Other Solos for wildlife conservation:
Solo 1# (The Tassie Devil):
Solo 2# (The Mountain Gorilla):
Solo 4# The Lead Beaters Possum:

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The solo: A Blues Rock vibe with an up tempo 'Cold Sweat' feel . Technically theres a focus on Alternate and Economy/Sweep Picking lines.
I have found learning full solos rather then a 'bunch of licks' to be more beneficial in developing my own solo and improvised playing. Playing up and down scales is great practice for playing up and down scales but doesn't improve improvising/ soloing technique.
Learning entire solos is a more whole-istic approach and great way to develop your own playing, understanding of how to use scales, rhythm, phrasing etc. Putting patterns, phrases and lines into context is the key.

This solo was recorded through the amazing Taurus 4.SL Stomp Head. Check out for more info. Awesome amps! Try one!

Both orangutan species are considered to be Endangered, with the Sumatran orangutan being Critically Endangered. Human activities have caused severe declines in the populations and ranges of both species. Threats to wild orangutan populations include poaching, habitat destruction, and the illegal pet trade. Several conservation and rehabilitation organisations are dedicated to the survival of orangutans in the wild. I was lucky enough so see Orangutan's in Borneo a few years back so hopefully they will be around for future generations to appreciate.

Guitar Solo Pick Study #2