Thursday, January 31, 2008

Phaser Guitar Lick

Last lick of January is a phaser based guitar lick. Try varying the speed of the bends and vibrato to change the feel of the lick.

Palm muting guitar lick

This is a basic but cool sounding repeating guitar lick that uses palm muting to decrease the impact of the open string and allow the delay effect to become more prominent in the lick.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Country Guitar Lick

A little country guitar lick for today. This lick incorporates some hammer on and pull offs in addition to bending and open strings to provide an intermediate level countryish sounding lick.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Drop D Guitar Lick

I hope you enjoy the last few wah wah licks. Today's guitar lick is in drop d tuning down a half step. It uses symetrical patterns on the fingerboard and a repeating rhythmic structure to develop a methodical groove. Cheers.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

A few Wah Guitar Licks for you

I decided to group the next couple of guitar licks into today's post because they are all based on the B Minor Pentatonic (although there are notes included outside that scale) and they all use a wah wah pedal. They're short but sweet. Cheers.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

E Phrygian Lick

Here's a little modal guitar lick using the E Phrygian mode based on the C Major scale. It makes a great little hammer on and pull off exercise and sounds pretty cool to me. The video shows it at tempo then slower and with and without distortion.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Lydian Guitar Lick

A little lydian lick for today. Couldn't quite dial in a tone I liked but I hope the video gives you some idea for the guitar part. This is based on the E Lydian Scale which has the same notes as the B Major scale ( of you can think of it as an E Major scale with a sharp 4th). E, F#, G#, A#,B,C#,D#,E

To my ears the lydian scale has a mellow almost spacey feel. Its a favorite choice of Steve Vai's too.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Guitar Lick - F#Minor Scale

Today's lick is a run using the F# Minor scale. The lick uses several techniques including hammer-ons, pull-offs, muted picking and vibrato.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cycling Guitar Lick

This is a fun guitar lick to cycle through and repeat. I call it a wheel lick. Makes a great alternate picking exercise too although I tend to play it with economy picking up stroking most of the notes on the B string. It's in the Key of G Major. If you slow it down and dial in the right delay settings you can get some interesting riffs from this kind of lick.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Descending Lick in A Major

Our guitar lick for Sunday looks at a descending pattern on the high E string that uses the notes from the A Major scale. This exercise will help you learn the major scale, sounds pretty cool ( I think), makes a great alternate picking exercise and helps for learning other open string riffs like thunderstruck etc.

The notes of the A Major Scale are: A,B,C#,D,E,F#,G#,A
Note the guitar in the video example is tuned down a half step. Each section in the video is broken down so you can learn it and more easily follow along with the tab.Any questions/comments just ask.

Guitar Lick - Minor Pentatonic Scale Run

Here is a guitar lick in A Minor Pentatonic that ascends through the five positions of the Minor Pentatonic scale starting on the fifth pattern and then cycling through 1 to 4 and ending again on the fifth pattern at the root note A. The video example provides slow speed breakdowns of each section so you can follow along with the tab. The riff is all 16th notes and alternate picked. Guitar in this example is tuned down a half step.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Muted Metal Sextuplets for Guitar

Tuned drop D down a half step. A heavy riff and a good picking exercise rolled into one for you lick of the day Friday. I'm posting early because I'm ahead of schedule -which is pretty rare because I tend to procrastinate. To my ears this reminds me of a Zakk Wylde style run although most certainly not as cool as Zakk I think it still sounds pretty heavy and its fun to play. Sextuplets are rhythmic groupings where each beat gets six evenly spaced notes.

Neapolitan Minor Guitar Lick

Today's guitar lick is composed of notes from the Neapolitan Minor Scale in the Key of A. The notes of the scale are: A, A#, C, D, F, F,G A.
Note that this is very similar to the A Minor scale with the exception that the B note is now and A#/Bflat.

I was going for a neo-classical sounding lick in the example. I hope you enjoy it. The guitar is tuned down a half step. Note the different rhythmic groupings in the tab.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Chord Inversion Lick

This lick uses three chords EMin7 D and C and their inversions played higher on the neck. Its a slow lick with some reverb and tremolo effects on the guitar but played at higher speeds the lick can be a good exercise for string crossing and alternate picking. Hope you dig it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Beginner Guitar Lick with Chorus Effect

This is a beginner's guitar lick with a clean sound and a chorus effect.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Pentatonic Guitar Lick

Today is a little rock guitar lick based on the minor pentatonic shape moved into different keys.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

County Guitar Lick

A short county guitar lick using bends, hammer ons and pull offs.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Guitar Lesson - Picking Exercise

This is an alternate picking exercise for guitar. It incorporates some wide stretches start slow and stop if you feel pain or fatigue. The rhythm throughout is based on repeating sextuplet patterns with 6 notes per beat.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Romanian Minor Scale Guitar Lick

This guitar lick uses the romanian minor scale in E.
The notes in that scale are E, F#,G,A#,B,C#,D,E.
I tried to emulate the sound of an oud on guitar.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Country Guitar Riff

This is a little country style guitar lick in the key of A. It uses lots of open string pull offs.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Guitar Lick with Chorus and delay

I thought this was a cool sounding atmospheric, mellow guitar lick. The lick is in the key of D and uses a combination of chorus, delay and open strings to give the sound a shimmering quality.

Guitar Lick - Open String Pull Off Exercise

Today's lick makes a great exercise for practicing pull-offs. This guitar lick is a country flavored piece in the key of G. The video includes a faster and slower version to assist in learning the lick. If you have any questions about the tab or the lick just ask. Cheers.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Guitar Lick - Pedal Steel Imitation

Today's guitar lick looks at ways to emulate a pedal steel guitar on a standard electric guitar. Pedal steels are played horozinotally and with a metal slide across the strings. They are commmonly used in country music. They have the bluesy qulaity of slide guitar but the twang of a telecaster combined. In a rock context David Gilmour of Pink Floyd has also used a pedal steel. Today's lick though tries to emmulate the typical sound you'd hear on a country music track.

The lick incorporates fretted notes played in conjuntion with bends. To my ears I always shoot for a cross between a freight train and a humna voice as a target sound to mimic.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Guitar Lick - Country style legato

This guitar lick is a country flavored one that incorporates wider pull-offs. It makes a great workout for your fourth finger on the fretting hand. To hear some great examples of country legato at breakneck speeds check out Brad Paisley. "Time Warp" is a real head spinner. There is a reason he's been called Eddie Van Halen on cornbread.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Country/Blues Guitar Lick

Here's a little lick that would work over a country or blues. It sounds good played either slow or fast on guitar so try varying the phrasing and create your own licks based on this.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

A little telecaster twang

Ok its a new year! It's time to get rolling with all the resolutions. I hope one of your resolutions was to learn more guitar licks and play more music. Our first lick of the new year is a country flavored pull-off lick that uses open strings to take advantage of the twangy goodness of a telecaster. Cheers.