[Ryan’s Ibanez FR custom shop guitar is tuned down 2 whole steps to C Standard: C F Bb Eb G C]
In this masterclass, Ryan breaks down his solo for the song ‘In Hell Is Where She Waits For Me,’ off The Black Dahlia Murder’s 2013 album, Everblack. The first part of the solo is played over a thrash riff alternating between C# and A notes. Although only single notes are being played in the rhythm guitar part, Ryan interprets the harmony as switching between C# minor and A7.
Kicking off in measure 15, the second half of the solo switches gears and follows a new progression based on a descending C#minor line cliché inspired by a Stone Temple Pilots song. Note Ryan’s attention to the chord changes as we he weaves through the shifting progression. The solo continues to build in tension and is brought to victory with a blazing, alternate picked, Yngwie-style harmonic minor lick starting in measure 35.
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[Special thanks to Ben Mayer for his excellent camera work and last minute help, Peter Boyle for his impeccable transcription and backing track work, and Josh Hofmann for his assistance with this video shoot.]