Kiko is from Brazil and is the guitarist and songwriter for the popular Metal band Angra. In the past three years Kiko has branched out and launched a solo career releasing two instrumental CD’s “Universo Inverso” and “No Gravity” where he displays talents and versatility that will rival any of the top players in the world.
In this segment I want to highlight a unique way that Kiko uses triads to form leads and melodies instead of scales. He views the neck slightly different then most guitarists, this helps him cross genres and still have his own sound. To help you start to view the neck in this manor I’m going to show you a few of Kiko’s signature arpeggio scale combination patterns. After you have these under your fingers try to create melodies within each pattern.
In Ex. 1 find one of Kiko’s signature arpeggios where he starts with a standard Major arpeggio then adds the Major 7th and 9th into the mix to mold an interesting sounding and easy to play pattern. Try playing this pattern using alternate and sweep picking techniques.
Ex. 2 has another great Kiko arpeggio pattern, this string skipping Major arpeggio hybrid has a three note per string sequence that makes it easy to play with alternate picking. Kiko adds in the 4th degree on the 3rd string and the 9th (or 2nd) degree on the 1st string giving it a Major sound with sus2 and sus4 accents.
Ex. 3 is this same arpeggio only with a hammer on pull off pattern added to make it a bit more interesting and challenging.
Ex 4 is a minor version of the string skipping arpeggio. Pay close attention to the fingerings to make this pattern easy to play.