Friday, February 29, 2008

Rock and Roll Guitar Lick

Here's an early style rock and roll guitar lick in A#. Backing track from Used with permission.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Beginner Rock Guitar - Flanger Effect

There are two simple guitar licks today that demonstrate a flanger effect. I kept them to only afew notes to illustrate the effectiveness of the flanger even on simple musical phrases.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Clean Lick with Delay

Today's lick is a clean rock guitar lick presented with and without a delay effect. The video provides a picking hand deomnstration to make it easier to follow along with the tab provided. Hope you like it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rock Guitar Lick with Delay

Today's lick of the day is a rock guitar lick with a delay effect. It consist of a repeated eighth note pattern. Try altering the accents to bring out different notes and experiment with letting some note values ring longer than others.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Rock Guitar Lick

Today's lick is a cool sounding (at least I think) lick that is neat because it works well with various tempos and effects. When you follow along with the tab notice how I've altered the tempo in the three different takes on the video. You can also try adding effects such as distortion or delay to change the feel of the lick.
Hope you dig it. Note the guitar is tuned down a half step as usual.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Blues Lick in G

Here's a blues guitar lick in G with tab and a backing track. When your playing over the backing track try altering the phrasing on the notes to see how it changes the feel of the lick. You can also try this lick with some additional gain or even distortion.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Rock Guitar Lick - Legato

Today's guitar lick continue to use some legato phrasing against the backing track we've been using for the last few examples. I think the best examples of this style of playing are from modern rock virtuoso guitarists like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. This is a much more intermediate level example and if you find this a bit too basic for your liking I'd recommend the two players above for some more challenging and professional level ideas.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Modern Rock Guitar Legato Lick

This is a rock guitar lick in E that mixes major and minor scale notes within the same lick. It uses hammer on and pull offs to add some speed and alternates between the open E and B strings - which also makes for a great alternate picking exercise to add to your practice routine.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

E Major Scale Guitar Lick

Today's guitar lick uses the E Major scale in a modern rock context. This is a slower melodic lick played over a repeating riff on the backing track.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Blues Lick - Phrasing and Rhythm

This guitar lick demonstrates the impact that changing the phrasing, rhythm or backing track can have on a blues lick. I've played the following guitar lick afew times with emphasis on different notes, with different durations and against different backing track rhythms. Try experimenting with your own phrases to create different licks out of the same notes.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

clean blues guitar lick

This is a blues guitar lick moving from the A7 chord to E9 in the progression.

Monday, February 18, 2008

nice little exercise

I've been playing around with these wide interval guitar licks lately. I think they sound pretty cool and they make a good alternate picking - string crossing exercise too. Havve fun and try incorporating this into your practice routine.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Double Stop Blues Guitar Lick

A little guitar lesson today using a blues intro in E. This lick uses double stops and a two note quarter bend. The main rhythm is played with triplets.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Begginer Blues Guitar lick

Here's a beginner's blues guitar lick in A. The single line notes are from the A Blues scale which is the same as an A Minor Pentatonic scale except for the addition of the "blue" note a flatted 5th.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Thursday, February 14, 2008

pretty little lick

So it's valentine's day. I thought I'd clean up the tone and put the metal riffs and licks aside for a day and give you a nice little lick to check out. Think of this as something Cupid might play on guitar.

The guitar starts with some picked chords and then moves to straight strumming. I did not notate the chord strumming so you can listen to the video example and then try that or better yet create your own rhythms with the chords.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Original Guitar - Lightshine

Here is the opening lick to an original song I'm writing called Lightshine. This lick reminds me a bit of something John Frusciante might play although obviously no where near as cool as John's music.

Keeping it funky

ok if you got through the last funk guitar lick here's another little one for ya.

Funk Guitar Lick

Ok here is the first of three guitar licks for today. They are short but sweet. This one is a funk guitar lick i the key of E.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Funk Guitar

Ok so this is either tuesday's second lick or an early wednesday lick depending on how productive or lazy tommorrow turns out to be. If you want to play along the guitar is tuned down a half step.

This guitar lick is based on a partial dominant seventh chord shape that uses a slide from F# Dom7 to G Dom7 as its main part. The lick also uses a chromatic run at the end and incorporates muted strumming to give it an edgy kind of rhythm. Hope you dig this mini lesson.

Zappa Inspired Guitar Lick

Today's guitar lick was inspired by Frank Zappa's playing and musicianship and composition in general. To my ears Frank Zappa was rhythmically very vocal. His rhythms really seem like a conversation to me and that is what I tried to convey in my simple lick today. The guitar is tuned down a half step if you want to play along. This is a chromatic lick that uses a repetative musical phrase to try and establish a rhythmic statement to emmulate someone speaking. Do yourself a favor and check out his amazing catalog of music.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Rock Guitar Lick

Today's lick is a little rock guitar lick that transitions bewteen a chord progression of E and E/D power chords. The lick incorporates multiple string simultaneous bending. This technique is frequently used by country guitar players but can equally be used by rock players too.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Funk Guitar For Feb

Today's lick is a funky little guitar lesson in C#. Once you get the lick under your fingers from the tab and video try playing around with the phrasing and rhythm and create derivative licks or variations on the main theme.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Double Picking Guitar Lick

Ok Saturday's lick comes a day early. This guitar lick like yesterdays uses Drop D tuning down a half step. It is completely alternate picked and most notes are hit twice hence the name double picking. The notes are derived primarily from the D Minor Scale.

Guitar Lesson - Drop D Metal Riff

Ok so more of a riff than a lick today but I thought this was a cool little lesson in Drop D Metal for beginner and intermediate guitar players. I've broken the video down into sections to follow along with the tab. The whole guitar is tuned down a half step plus the 6th string is drop D.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Neo Classical Guitar Lick in D Minor

Today's guitar lick again uses the D Minor scale.Today's lick is similar in style to the last lick we looked at although to my ears this lick has a more neo-classical flavor. Alternate picking and palm muting are the order of the day. As before the video is a kind of mini lesson where each section is broken down and presented at a slower tempo. The guitar is tuned down a hlaf step if you want to play along. Cheers.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

D Minor Guitar Lick

Today's guitar lick is a metal run using the D Minor scale. It was inspired by the kind of runs that Jake E. Lee used in Ozzy's "Bark at the Moon" - although this is a much easier tempo. I've created a mini lesson in the video so each part is broken down at a slower tempo to follow along with. The guitar is tuned down a half step if you want to play along. I've used pretty heavy palm muting and alternate picking. Hope you dig it. Any questions or comments fire away.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Major Pentatonic Guitar Lick

Here's a guitar lick for Tuesday a bit early based on the E Major Pentatonic scale played over a E/B/G#/A chord progression. Kind of a country rock flavor.

Fingers and Pick

Today's guitar lick is in the key of B Major. It uses both pick and fingers.