Easy Joe Satriani Style Lydian Mode Melody


This week we’re trying something easier for obvious reasons (in case you haven’t watched the video yet – I broke my wrist!). The title has the word ‘Easy’ in it, but this is a relative term because this melody is easy compared to his other stuff!

This melody uses the A Lydian and C Lydian Modes, which differ from the Major Scale by using the #4 interval. Alternatively, you may prefer Pentatonics so try C# Minor and G# Minor Pentatonics for starters. The slightly tricky parts that raise this piece to Intermediate level rather than Novice are in the last three bars, starting with a fast descending Pentatonic sequence with “hammer-ons from nowhere” (which basically means that you lead to the new string with a hammer-on rather than picking to create as smooth a sound as possible), and a Tapped Harmonic. Tapped Harmonics are played by tapping quickly on the metal bar 12 frets up from the note you are playing with the left hand.

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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Easy Joe Satriani Style Lydian Mode Melody

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