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    Default How do you guys play the Take Your Whiskey Home solos?

    I'll start by saying I can't play it...yet. Took me a LONG time to nail that triplet bluesy feel for the acoustic intro. Had no problem learning the acoustic intro. Being able to actually play it was a VERY different story. Now I'm really struggling with the solos, partly because I've not seen any video of how Eddie plays it. There is a part in each solo I can't nail.

    Solo 1: Do you reach over your neck with your right hand and barre the 4th fret of the G string to do the pull offs on 10th, 9th, 7th frets of the G string? Or, do you play it on the B string with your left hand only on the 6th, 5th, 3rd frets pulling off to the open B?

    Solo 2: That crazy shit on the B string involving the 12th, 15th, 17th, and 19th frets... I've seen people tap it, I've seen people play it with the left hand only either picking out the notes or using legato techniques. I've seen people that use tapping only tap the 19th fret, and have also seen people tapping both 19 and 17th frets. I slowed the song down and isolated the guitar track in Riffstation, and I don't think Eddie is tapping the notes. I think I hear the attack of the pick on the strings, but I could be wrong. It seems much easier tapping that part, but I'd like to at least try and learn to play it correctly.

    I know many of you guys are quite gifted in figuring this kind of shit out, so your insights are greatly appreciated!

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    Solo 1 - G string bar with the right hand and play the higher note pull offs with the left. Picture and think of Ed doing it at the tail end of "Stompin'8H" or "Unchained" from Sydney 1998.
    Same idea, and it looks cool too! LOL.

    Solo 2 - Eddie most likely did it with his very wide and strong left hand stretch, ala ICM, RD, Beat It, etc.
    I've seen people tap the higher notes and have tried it myself, but use whatever works for you. Not everyone has command over those wide stretches like Ed does.
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    Thanks man! I actually prefer playing that part of solo 1 the way you mention only because it looks cooler lol. I can play the ICM solo, but DAMN! That's a helluva stretch for TYWH! You need dicks for fingers to make that stretch, and I'm just not confident my fingers are long enough to pull that off--pun intended

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    Solo 1: Right hand capo!

    Solo 2: Big stretch with some delay action. That 12th-19th sequence is really brief -- if you can play ICM, you should get this!

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    Thanks for the encouragement Kevin! I really like to try and play things correct, so I'm going to try and learn to play it the right way. It throws me all off because I need to use all four fingers vs. only my index, ring, and pinky for ICM. Oh well, that's how we learn and (hopefully) improve our playing I guess.

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    I agree with Kevin ^^*, and also wish you well in learning it!
    Ed's known for doing a lot of three note per string ideas, yet this is one very cool instance where he uses all four left hand fingers in a cool lick. In the tabbed version of the GGB solo, there's also an ultra quick passage that, as written, seems to imply that he had all four digits going on amidst his "usual" three note per string sequences.

    I remember trying (very loosely!!!) the tab for Vai's "Call it Sleep". There's a rapid four finger tremolo picked part, and I remember thinking - "Holy f**k!!!" Haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Dodds View Post
    Solo 1: Right hand capo!

    Solo 2: Big stretch with some delay action. That 12th-19th sequence is really brief -- if you can play ICM, you should get this!

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    You are correct! If you can physically play the "Ice Cream Man" lick correctly, you will be able to play the spread lick in "Take Your Whiskey Home" no problem. In fact, I would say that the "Take Your Whiskey Home" lick is much easier than the "Ice Cream Man" lick.

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    There's a trippy vibe to the final Whiskey solo.
    He has some effect pedal engaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    There's a trippy vibe to the final Whiskey solo.
    He has some effect pedal engaged.
    There is delay and reverb in post production like so many early Van Halen recordings...doesn't sound like Echoplex to me. Other than that, there are no other effects. The only thing that makes it sound possibly "trippy" is the feel...he plays a little behind the beat in the first phrase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garbeaj View Post
    There is delay and reverb in post production like so many early Van Halen recordings...doesn't sound like Echoplex to me. Other than that, there are no other effects. The only thing that makes it sound possibly "trippy" is the feel...he plays a little behind the beat in the first phrase.
    I do hear that "behind the beat" feel.

    I like that sort of approach, where it's loose but still deadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    I do hear that "behind the beat" feel.

    I like that sort of approach, where it's loose but still deadly.
    Yep, that first phrase is easy to play...but it is really sleazy sounding because of that lazy timing. Similar to some of Page's "Black Dog" solo in that sort of laid back timing.

    But then the spread lick kicks in with the rhythm section breaks and it is pure speed and flash and more with the beat timing. Makes an excellent contrast between the phrases.

    Of course the song is about being drunk...and that sloppy drunk feeling is all over the whole song. The fast spread lick section is almost like you are trying to quickly act sober when you get pulled over!
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    To quote Brody in answering the op's question.......


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    Thanks for the replies everyone! I sadly haven't had time to practice it any more since my first post. I struggled with the ICM solo at first, but I really feel like I can play that now. Like, not half-ass it either--really play it right: Just alternate speed picking while throwing in that single pull off from 16-12.

    Quote Originally Posted by garbeaj View Post
    You are correct! If you can physically play the "Ice Cream Man" lick correctly, you will be able to play the spread lick in "Take Your Whiskey Home" no problem. In fact, I would say that the "Take Your Whiskey Home" lick is much easier than the "Ice Cream Man" lick.
    When playing the 2nd Whiskey solo, do you use any hammer ons/pull offs? Or are you picking out each note. I have a Guitar Pro tab for the song that I'm using to learn it by. Again, I'm really only asking and referring to the 19p12h15h17p12 part and not the before/after of that lick, and if this is correct to use hammerons/pulloffs?

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    I know the ICM pattern was all picked, but i think the same pattern used in Whiskey & Romeo,
    are played with pull-offs.

    Just sounds slightly more fluid, less staccato.

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    I hear that pattern in so many solo's, though in different positions, sequences, strings.

    Off the top of my head, i hear it in: ICM, Whiskey, Romeo, Push comes to shove, Full bug,
    Bottom's up, Girl gone bad...

 

 

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