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Grave Unscathed: Main Motif


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Next up is the main guitar motif heard all throughout the song. Both guitars are playing together during this section, with some really cool alternating parts. Here some key points to help you through it:

1. The main rhythmic motif is played three times in the song, and is a 4 bar phrase. The first and third time it is played twice, and ends with 2 measures of the chords holding over with some feedback. The second time it is only played once, again with 2 bars at the end. There are three guitar parts total.

2. Guitar #1 plays the same part each time. You will slide from a G to A using a 16th note rhythm that starts on the measure before on the "e" of the phrase. You will play this part four times, after which you end the phrase moving from C to B using A string barre chords and end back on G. Between the phrases you will also play your open E, B, and G strings. This rhythm is pretty jagged so play close to attention to how it fits in with the rhythm section, and has a first and second ending.

3. The rhythm comes in slightly different the second time through, coming in on the "e" and "a" of the measure before.

4. Guitar #2 plays two different parts. The first and third time, you will play a 32nd note melody uses lots of gain that comes in a after four bars. You will start on the 5th fret of the E string (A), and play that for four bars ending with a slide up to E (12th fret). After four bars, you will let that same A feedback for two measures.

5. The second and third time through the main motif, guitar #2 will play inversions of the same chords (A, G, C, and B) using higher position triads on the B, G, and D strings. Also, between the rhythmic phrases guitar #2 also slides up and down the strings creating a nice sound that adds some character to the part. This guitar will end with a slightly straighter rhythm then guitar #1.

6. The third time through this section, guitar #2 will play both parts; first playing the triads, and second playing the low melody.

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