EXAMPLE6 full solo
There are a lot of bends throughout this solo; sometimes full-tone bends and sometimes semitone bends. In each case the tuning of the target note is extremely important. When practising, it is worth taking the extra time to check the note you are bending to by fretting it first and ‘remembering’ the sound of said note. By doing this you are essentially training your ears to recognise the relative intervallic distance between two notes; a skill that is essential to every musician. The most technically demanding bars are: 6, 9 and 10 as these contain constant streams of 16th-note triplets and straight 16th notes. In both cases, the tendency is to speed up, so focus on maintaining good timing by tapping your foot on the downbeats and syncing up the notes that land on the downbeats to keep your phrasing even and in time. Slash has a lovely 'lazy' feel and that's what we want too.