Essential Licks - Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani is one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists to emerge in recent times. His songs are his solos and they surely deserve to be studied. However, we'll take a look at a few of his licks:

Here is a characteristic Satriani run from Motorcycle Driver:

Motorcycle Driver

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And a more extended one from Can't Slow Down:

Can't Slow Down

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One of Satriani's trademarks is his complex and carefully built themes. See this one from Circles:

Circles

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Satriani also makes use of fast and reccurent slides. From Summer Song:

Summer Song

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And an example of slides in the context of a more extended solo, Borg Sex:

Borg Sex

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Satriani uses frequently hammer-ons and pull-offs. From Flying In a Blue Dream:

Flying In a Blue Dream

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Let's see now how Satriani uses free strings. We'll take a look at the riff from Crushing Day. Satriani plays the riff in a low register, then repeats it an octave higher:

Crushing Day

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And a combination of tapping and free strings from Not Of This Earth:

Not Of This Earth

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And a look of how Satriani plays arpeggios. In Mind Storm:

Mind Storm

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An extended series of arpeggios from The Power Cosmic:

The Power Cosmic

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A frequent Satriani technique is the pick tapping. From Surfin' With the Alien:

Surfin' With the Alien

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And now, the double-stops tapping. In The Forgotten, Satriani alternates between left-hand double-stops and right-hand single notes:

The Forgotten

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Midnight is a perfect example of two fingers-tapping. In order to learn it, we'll study all the essential parts. The beginning:

Midnight 1

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Then:

Midnight 2

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And the double-stops played together:

Midnight 3

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Back to arpeggiated playing:

Midnight 4

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A change of rhythm:

Midnight 5

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And, finally:

Midnight 6

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