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Songs with Fast Sixteens

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by agreatheight, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. After some time spent playing in very simple projects I have found myself a bit out of shape, fingerstyle-wise. I have a lazy, easily tiring right hand! No good! So I am looking for some songs to practice with that feature fast, tight 16th notes.

    I am currently working on Stockhome Syndrome & Hysteria by Muse and Parallel Universe by RHCP.

    Any other rock suggestions? Would like to find maybe 5 or 6 more to practice in a set to build up some endurance.

    Before anyone chimes in - yes, I am working with a metronone!
  2. flatwoundfender


    Feb 24, 2005
    Most Tower of Power songs, Rocco Prestia is the master of 16th note funk. "What is Hip" is a great example not rock, but it will help. Also Steve Harris from Iron Maiden is known for his ability to play fast "gallups".
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    More non-Rock that will help-
    "Everybody Dance"-Chic (faster 'gallops' than Harris, IMO)
    "Kuru/Speak Like A Child"-Jaco
    "Used To Be A Cha-Cha"-Jaco
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Whoo weee! You'd better stretch before trying this one!
    Question: Didn't he play this with a pick?
    Another Jaco tune is "Invitation".
    One thing I'd like to suggest is playing scales and arpeggios. Start with 1/4's and work your way up to 16's. The better you get, the lighter your touch will be, and then you'll get sweet stacato bounce happening.
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Rocco Prestia/Tower of Power is probably the best known 16th note type player. He has a video and a book or two out as well.

    You could do some metronome work as well.
  6. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    Dance of eternity - Dream theater

    It includes more than just 16th notes...
  7. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Agreed. If you can do that, you're pretty much the man.

    Try "Fight Fire With Fire" by Metallica.
  8. Another sleeper is "Operation Spirit" by Live. You can do that one fingerstyle and slap. I will play through that one and alternate my approach to get a good warm up.

    I have to second the Rocco stuff. Always a good workout.
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Whadda I know...I can't find that blasted DVD!
    The one time I recall seeing Chic on TV, Edwards had his back turned to the camera; at the time, that made me go "Hmmmmm".

    Same 'pattern', basically as "Kuru" & "Cha-Cha"...and there's others I'm drawing a blank on right now.
  10. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Great song :)

    Donna Lee has some fast 16th note runs in it doesnt it?
  11. Tower of Power's live cut of "Soul with a Capital 'S'".
  12. As you're practicing with other Muse songs, try "Butterflies & Hurricanes" too.
  13. RHFusillo

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Phoenix, AZ
    Try "Going Down" from the album Jeff Beck Group.
  14. poptart

    poptart Commercial User

    Sep 13, 2005
    Owner: Bass Direct
    Ian Drury and the Blockheads - Hit me with your rhythm stick. Great bass line:)
  15. For pretty tough stuff, try Scarified by Racer X or Sea of Lies by Symphony X
  16. Simple Minds- new gold dream
    the Stranglers- duchess

    both continuous 16ths with a pick.
  17. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Come on, come over ; Jaco
  18. Don W

    Don W

    Jan 30, 2004
    East Bay, CA.
    The main albums I used to build up my finger style endurance were Iron Maiden's 'Live After Death' and Metallica's 'Kill Em All.'

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