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as Rhoads in "Flying High
Again." In a twist of fate,
Rhoads' application was
learned from Lynch, who relearned it when he auditioned
for Ozzy.
Lynch is one of the genre's
exemplary riff makers, accessing conventional key
centers as well as more-exotic
modes for harmonic sources.
"It's Not Love," "When
Heaven Comes Down," "Til'
The Living End," "Hell
Child," "Street Fightin' Man"
and "Wicked Sensation"
exploit a signature Lynch
gesture with the tritone as
a power chord. He is a solid
rhythm guitarist providing
power chording - often made
more metallic with heavily
accented dyads and triads
above palm-muted eighthnote grooves, thematic bassregister riffs, Zeppelinish
arpeggiated figures in "Just
Got Lucky," "Into the Fire,"
"Alone Again," "Unchain
the Night," "Slippin' Away,"
dynamic counter lines in
"The Hunter," and dyad fills
and riffs in "Don't Close Your
Eyes," "Bullets to Spare,"
"Lightning Strikes Again"
and "Jaded Heart."

ESSENTIAL
LISTENING
Metal fans are directed
to Dokken's Tooth and Nail
and Back for the Attack, while
the casual listener will find
The Very Best of Dokken serviceable. Wicked Sensation,
Sacred Grove, and Only to Rise
exemplify Lynch's personal
band projects. Also central
to his legacy are The Lost
Anthology and Xciter.

ESSENTIAL
VIEWING
Lynch has detailed his style
on a number of instructional
videos including Scary Licks,
Wicked Riffs, and Behind the
Player. Many excerpts are
currently viewable online.
Recently, he launched his

George's solo on "Into the Fire" was a high
point of Tooth and Nail. This early moment in
Dokken ingratiated the guitarist with a legion of
metal-minded players and listeners. Many key
traits are extant and showcased. The opening
lines in measures 1-6 are singable melodies that
suggest motion in A Natural Minor. He mixes
sustained notes and slinky string bends with quick
decorating note groups. In 7, he begins a signature
ascending sequence of fast sextuplets moving
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mixed articulation which is maintained throughout
the sextuplets of the sequence; three slurred
notes followed by three picked notes, a manner
of rhythmic phrasing that became a fixture of his
lead style. Like Van Halen's similar patterns in
"On Fire," these occur over an open tonality, here
loosely F major, and the resulting melodies are
essentially linear - not dictated by strict noteto-chord relationships. The objective is to gather
energy and momentum to reach the climactic
string bend, which is the resolution in measure 9.

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