Biography and career[ edit ] Hometown, birthplace, school and early years[ edit ] Becker was born and raised in Richmond, California, by his parents, Gary and Patricia Heffley Becker. He was born in Richmond Hospital on 23rd Street in His maternal grandfather was actor Wayne Heffley. He was exposed to the guitar at an early age because both his father and his uncle were guitar players.
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Jason Becker Serrana is a solo guitar etude that relies heavily on arpeggios and the technique of sweep picking. It was written and composed by neo-classical metal guitarist Jason Becker. Though the final orchestral trumpet version appears on his album Perspective , its roots can be traced to almost the mids.
History[ edit ] Serrana was composed in the late s while Becker was in the band Cacophony. Around this time, the guitarist began to incorporate the composition into his solos , using complex sweep picking techniques.
One such performance was filmed during an April concert in Japan. Again in , shortly before being diagnosed with ALS at nearly 20 years old, Becker performed a nearly ninety-minute guitar clinic at the Atlanta Institute of Music in Norcross, Georgia. This is his last recorded performance of Serrana.
Melodically, the piece is mostly composed of one and two octave major and minor triadic arpeggios within the key of D major. The last half of the piece is composed of various minor and diminished arpeggios. The piece ends on the note G. At the end of the piece, Becker uses his whammy bar on his Floyd Rose tremolo system to bend the notes up a half step and back down.
The recording was then played in reverse. Jason mentions this during the Atlanta performance of the song. He thought her name suited this piece perfectly.
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