A Moveable Blues Lick that rolls right off the fingertips.
The Lick explained
Here's a Blues Lick that rolls right off the fingertips — after some practice, that is.
This one is moveable and has all kinds of detail: pull-offs, hammer-ons, slide-ups. It looks and sounds complex when you first hear it, but it’s not. It’s just another lick that needs to be worked out, run through slowly and brought up to speed once you’re sure you have it right. One of the worst things you can do — and a common mistake — is to work things out too quickly, miss a couple of important details in haste, and practice up something that’s not quite right. It’s very hard to un-practice, so make sure you get it right the first time. To do that, take it nice and slowly. I include the half speed midi files with these lessons to make that easier for you. Midi files are devoid of any feel or real music, but they’re great to practice to when you’re working it all out. They’re clean, precise and metronomic, so do use them if you’re having trouble.
This lick incorporates a nice little chromatic run, moving form a 5 to a 4 via the flat 5. You can play it like I do, as a double pull-offs if you want, but of course you don’t have to. There some hammer-ons in there as well that you can either do or not. You can pick each note separately if that suits your taste and playing better. Nothing is set in stone!
That little slide up from the 2 to the 3 at the end is also optional, but do try to keep it ringing when you hit the 3. It sounds so nice when the final note — a 1 — joins it.
I think you’re going enjoy playing this one as much as I did when I shot the video.
Guitar Lick by Kirk Lorange
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