Monday, October 29, 2007

Jazz - Blues Guitar Lick

A little guitar lick that stradles the line between jazz and blues.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Guitar Lick of the Day - Funk in B

This is a funk guitar lick in B. The guitar is tuned down a half step. When you practice this try to keep your right hand moving in consistent 16th notes for the chord parts and just move it away from the strings during the rests.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Blues Guitar - Turnaorund in G

This is a blues guitar turnaround in G. The lick starts with outlining the chords of the turnaround that occur beforee the G7 which are D7 then C7. Video has both regular tempo and a slower version.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Blues turnaround in C

Friday's lick is a blues turnaround in C. It's based on a symmetrical triplet pattern and uses chromatic notes along with the C Minor pentatonic scale. It resolves to a G9 chord but before that hits a G#9. In the video example the guitar is tuned down a half step.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Guitar Likc of the Day Oct.25

Hoping to enjoy a lot of the world series so I thought I'd post another lick while I can. Go Red Sox!!

A chordal style lick in the style of Jimi Hendrix. For the real deal check out "Angel", "Little Wing" or "The Wind Cries Mary". The thumb over the neck technique can take awhile to get onto but I think it pays of for the extended reach and chord voicing options. If your new to this technique start slow and stop if you feel pain.

Pentatonic Guitar Lick

A little pentatonic lick for you. Didn't have time to slow this down but if anyone is having a hard time leave a comment and I'll post a slower version. Please note I'm tuned down a half step.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Auto Wah Funk Lick

Here's a little auto wah funk guitar lick to spice up your Tuesday.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Guitar Lick - Warm up Exercise

This lick sounds cool and also makes a great exercise. The note obscured by the arrow in the tab is a g at the 15th fret E string you could also tell of course by the standard notation. In the video the example is played slow first than faster. Kinda reminds me of an Iron Maiden lick which is cool in my book.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Guitar Lick of the Day - Oct 20

An alternate picking guitar lick. Each section starts on an upstroke. You can try varying this lick depending on the context. In my mind I feel it can work over a jazzy sort of song or a modern country/rock piece. Try changing the speeds at which you play the lick and alter the phrasing you use on the guitar to try and get a different feeling out of the same notes.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Guitar Lick of the Day - Triads and Delay

This lick uses triad shapes in different inversions up the neck. The chords are Cmin, E, B, F# and Cmin (in another position). It's a bit tricky to play clean and you'll notice I struggle to keep down the extraneous noise in the video. But hey I just made this up a minute ago so cut me some slack. Ok so check out Friday's Riff a day early. Cheers.

Guitar Lick of the Day - Instrumental Rock

A vocal sounding melodic instrumental guitar lick today. Pay attention to the phrasing and dynamics. Experiment with changing the tempo and techniques. Practice with and without sliding, vary the vibrato and palm muting and see how it changes the character of the lick. This lick is tuned down a half step if you want to play along. Cheers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Guitar Lick of the Day - Mellow lick

A laid back guitar lick today. This lick uses some delay and a repeating G pedal point. The lick is slow to allow the delay effect on the guitar to create an atmospheric quality.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Guitar Lick of the Day - Metal Guitar

Tomorrows lick today for anyone interested. This is a metal guitar lick that focuses on a slower feel with vibrato and lets the individual notes sound. Kind of in the vein of Black Sabbath or Zakk Wylde although not as cool. Quite frankly if I could write licks or riffs like Zakk and Sabbath I'd be touring. But in the context of giving a beginner/intermediate guitar player a lick of the day I think its still pretty cool and I hope you do too.

Guitar Lick of the Day - Rock Progression

This is a basic rock guitar progression that demonstrates that sometimes the simplest open chords and licks can sound good over a progression. It is a slow rock progression G/Emin/D C with some basic open chords and afew licks. The G major and E Minor chords are both played at the open position. The C and D chords and licks are played using the "A barre" shape.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Guitar Lick of the Day -Melodic Rock

A melodic rock guitar lick over an Emin D C G chord progression. This is a great guitar lick to work on your bending as it includes lots of full and half step bends.
The video is played first at full speed then at a slower speed with guitar alone to help you see how it is played.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Guitar Lick of the Day - Funk Lick #2

Tomorrow's lick today. Another funk guitar lick for you to try. For a longer lick check out my lesson site

Guitar Lick of the Day - Funk Lick

A funk guitar lick.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Guitar Lick of the Day - Natural Harmonics.

Natural harmonics for guitar are achieved when the string is plucked while the fretting hand is directly over the fret. It requires a light touch and once sounded the fretting hand is quickly drawn away from the string and this produces a bell like chime sound. The best frets for playing natural harmonics due to the subdivision of the octave are the 5th, 7th and 12 frets. Although with distortion and practice harmonics can be sounded along most of the fingerboard and even beyond the length of the fingerboard and over the pickups themselves.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Guitar Lick of the Day - Delay

Here's a little guitar lick using a delay setting to add some rhythmic interest. If you have a delay effect try altering the settings and see what sounds you can come up with. Additionally try altering the guitar rhythm and see what effect that has on where the delay occurs in the wet signal.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lick #21 Modern Rock Guitar

This guitar lick uses a repeating muted D as a pedal point. The lick is played with downstrokes and hammer ons. Note the guitar in the video is tuned down a half step if you want to play along.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Lick #20 - Funk Guitar Lick

A little guitar lesson looking at a funk guitar riff that uses 16th note strumming and alternated between fretted and muted notes.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Lick #19 - Dissonant Guitar Lick

Dissonance in music is useful because it creates tension. Like all musical tools is should be used sparringly. This lick achieves its dissonance by being played a half step down from the tonal center in G. Because my guitar is tuned down a half step I just played the lick using the regular chord shapes for G.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Lick #18 Clean Guitar Lick

This is a clean guitar lick. Notice the picking pattern. The last three notes of each sequence are played with an upstroke. Let the open D on the fourth string sound throughout. This would also sound really nice on an acoustic guitar.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Lick #17 Skline - Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

Today were gonna take a look at afew licks form the intro of a song I'm writing called "skyline" It's a fingerstyle solo guitar piece in a lowered tuning from the low E to high E its C G C F A A (all the notes are lowered in pitch not raised). The tab will be posted tomorrow. I'll break down a couple of the licks. and post them all here. Cheers.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Lick #16 a little prog guitar

Here's a slightly prog rock style guitar lick. Cheers.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Lick #13 Picking Exercise

This is a little guitar lick that is based on a repeating pattern and makes a great exercise for practicing string crossing and alternate picking.

Lick #12 Repeating Guitar Lick

A repeating guitar lick based on an A Minor Pentatonic pattern.

Lick #11 Ocatve Strumming Lick

This brief guitar lick uses octave strumming the ascends the neck.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Lick #10 Tapping Lick

This guitar lick is a simple repeating lick that uses tapping. The tapped note is altered while the remaining notes stay constant.