Had to release all this pent up frustration from this weeks midterms so .... decided to read up on scales etc and being a huge George Lynch fan I came up with this rough cut. Its basically my first foray into speed/shred - Im usually more of a riffage/rhythm guy so be nice.
Let me know what you think.
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Lynch does sort of kick ass, doesn't he?
For a first crack at lead, this isn't too bad. Two criticisms that I think will help you grow- the first is that some of the notes do sound like they're straying a bit from the key center. Riffing seems to be in A minor, so that gives you a lot of options. To go after a Lynch vibe, it's a little tough to give you specific suggestions because Lynch is another one of those guys who claims not to know much theory and play mostly by ear. There's a few suggestions on his web site, but for starters I'd focus on the the pentatonic (1, b3, 4, 5, 7) and blues (1, b3, 4, b5, 5, 7) scales. Do you have a trem? If so, George was like the MASTER of palming the trem, using it for vibrato, and using it to put subtle inflections on notes. This is pretty advanced stuff, especially as you get up to speed, but it's fun.
Second, and this is something I'm totally guilty of myself, a lot of your lead lines follow pretty similar rhythmic ideas. This would be true of anyone, but is especially true for Lynch - a lot of his lines are pretty unpredictable rhythmically. Try to stay in the groove, but also vary up your rhythms and play some different rhythmic patterns. Santana is another good guy to watch for this, especially (much as it pains me) recent santana - it seems as he's gotten melodically more boring, he's tried to get more interesting rhythmically to compensate.
Anyway, keep it up.