Weekly Riff from The Sound and The Story - Jacky Vincent playing "Good Girls, Bad Guys"
When writing a guitar solo, what are the main things to keep in mind? Many would say melody is key, followed by all of the other tricks of the guitar trade. Jacky Vincent used this exact philosophy when writing his faster-than-light guitar solo for the Falling In Reverse hit "Good Girls, Bad Guys." The solo begins with an ultra-bendy melodic guitar line that spawned from Jacky literally humming the song's melody as inspiration. Due to the song's 80s-inspired vibes, this melodic passage was the ideal way to kick the lead off, which is then followed up and amplified with even more 80s sounding guitar harmonies.
It is at this point that the solo descends into utter guitar madness as the band changes the backing chords into the driving, heavier B section. Jacky makes brilliant musical use of the band's pauses during this section, where he incorporates all sorts of flashy guitar god grandeur- from laser-precise tremolo picking, fluid sweep picking and perfectly-executed vibrato. It's one of this guitar master's favorite solos, and as Jacky would say, the song, and its solo are designed to be "over the top!"
If you'd like to see Jacky break down more of his guitar solos, along with plenty of guitar virtuoso techniques, then make sure to check out his Sound & Story - now available for digital download to your library on FRET12.com.