Hi folks. For this issue, instead of looking at a bunch of individual shred exercises, I thought it would be cool to show you one of my own complete solos. The song is called ‘The Deal’, and it’s from Sydney power/thrash band Darker Half’s latest EP Classified. This is a moderately-paced, brooding track that lyrically is about vampires and aliens. I tried to capture that same feel with my solo.


I’ve transcribed the full 16 bar solo, and everything you need to know is in the transcription (bends, slides, hammer-ons/pull-offs, right hand tapping, positioning, rhythms, chords, etc). Here are a few key points to note:

Hear Exercise 1

You can listen to my solo from ‘The Deal’, as well as the full seven minute track (so you can hear it in context), by going to If you dig it, try learning the licks and playing along!