Mad guitar solo by Nick Jameson

Here is the tablature for a mad solo I composed for electric guitar. Click here for a video of me attempting to play it. It consists of a long sequence of notes to be played fast at an even tempo of six notes to a beat, with economy and sweep picking (except the first phrase which could be played right through as legato if you have enough gain on your guitar amp or effects). The solo features hungarian, diminished and harmonic scales, and augmented and diminished arpeggios (which basically means it sounds really weird).

Notation and perfomance notes:

The numbers above the tablature shows the fingering I employ.

The picking directions I use are shown above the tablature. 'u' means an upstroke and 'd' means a downstroke. If no picking direction is shown for a note, then it is played as a hammer-on, a pull-off, or a slide.

The 'b' on the last note means that it is played at the indicated fret and bent up a whole tone (2 frets worth).

    d                       d                       d                       d
    3   2   1   2   1   2   3   2   1   2   1   1   3   1   1   2   1   1   4   1   1   2   1   1
e|-12--11--10--11--10--11--12--11--10--11--10---7|-10---7---6---7---6---7--11---7---6---7---6---4|
B|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

    d                       d                       d   u   d   u   d   u   d   u   d   u   d   u
    3   1   1   2   1   1   4   1   1   2   1       3   3   3   1   1   1   3   3   3   1   1   1
e|--6---4---3---4---3---4---7---4---3---4---3---0|-16--16--16--12--12--12--15--15--15--11--11--11|
B|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

    d   u   d   u   u   d   u   u   d   u   d   u   d   d   u   d   d   u   d   u   d   u   u   d
    4   4   3   1   4   3   1   4   2   1   1   2   4   1   3   4   1   3   4   4   3   1   4   3
e|-16--16--15--12--------------------------------|-----------------12--15--16--16--15--12--------|
B|-----------------16--15--12--------------------|-----12--15--16--------------------------16--15|
G|-----------------------------15--13--12--12--13|-15--------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

    u   u   d   u   d   u   d   d   u   d   d   u   d   u   d   u   u   d   u   u   d   u   d   d
    1   4   2   1   1   2   4   1   3   4   1   3   4   4   3   1   4   3   1   4   2   1   2   1
e|-----------------------------------------12--15|-16--16--15--12--------------------------------|
B|-12--------------------------12--15--16--------|-----------------16--15--12------------------12|
G|-----15--13--12--12--13--15--------------------|-----------------------------15--13--12--13----|
D|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

    u       u   d   d   d   u       u   d   d   d   u       u   d   d   d   u       u   d   d   d
    4   1   1   2   1   1   4   1   1   2   1   1   4   1   1   2   1   1   4   1   1   2   1   1
e|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-16--12--------------12--16--12--------------12|-20--16--------------16--20--16--------------16|
G|---------12------12--------------12------12----|---------16------16--------------16------16----|
D|-------------13----------------------13--------|-------------17----------------------17--------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

    u       u   d   d   d   u       u   d   d   d   u       u   d   d   d   u       u   u   u   u
    4   1   2   1   2   1   4   1   2   1   2   1   4   1   2   1   2   1   4   1   2   1   3   2
e|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-15--12--------------12--15--12--------------12|-18--15--------------15--17--14----------------|
G|---------13------13--------------13------13----|---------16------16--------------15------------|
D|-------------12----------------------12--------|-------------15----------------------14--------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------16----|
E|-----------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------15|

    d   u   d   u   d   d   u   d   u   d   d   u   d   u   d   d   u   d   u   d   d   u   d   u
    1   3   2   1   3   1   3   2   1   3   1   3   2   1   3   1   3   2   1   3   1   3   2   1
e|-----------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|---------------------------------17--20--19--17|
G|-----------------------------------------------|-------------15--18--17--15--18----------------|
D|-----------------------------------------14--17|-16--14--17------------------------------------|
A|---------------------13--16--15--13--16--------|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-12--15--14--12--15----------------------------|-----------------------------------------------|

    d   d   u   d   u   u   d   u   u   d   u   u   d   u   u   d           d           d
    3   1   3   2   1   3   2   1   3   1   1   3   2   1   3   2                       3
e|-----18--21--20--18----------------------------|------------------------------------b22--------|
B|-20------------------21--20--18----------------|-----------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------21--18--17----|-----------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------20|-18--17----------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|---------20--19--------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|--------------------------0--------------------|


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