Over the Christmas holiday I had the chance to explore some Martin Miller and Hut lessons, as detailed in this blog right here.
Well the other day before bed I picked up my guitar and two similar figures came out within moments.
Figure 1 starts with a wide stretch string skipping figure through Em pentatonic, followed by a sweep-picked Am descending arpeggio. After that I followed my ear through some wide interval legato slides, before finding myself in an odd sweep-picked Em descending arpeggio.
This is the first time I’ve ever seen a mixed sweep / legato arpeggio like the one that closes out the bar, so I’ll be having another lesson on the implications in other modes.
I decided that an Am9 ascending route would be too much like Hut and sound too much like Kirk Hammett‘s Welcome Home (Sanitarium) solo intro, so I chose an Am7 and then added the legato off the 7th (D). This is followed by a Gmaj7 arpeggio descent to an E, which starts an interval jump up to a true sweep-picked Em descending arpeggio.
Following the Em figure I reinforce the B with an octave that uses the b9. However, it occurred to me that I ended Figure 1 on a B, so I transposed the figure down a 4th to F# and repeated.
Since I’m sure you’re hankering to hear what this all sounds like, here’s a video.