Fun Lick in E
The Lick explained
Here’s another ‘E Lick’. It uses a couple open strings making it only playable in E, but you could turn it into a moveable lick by playing it as I do at 0:38 in the video with a couple of minor adjustments. But it is those open strings that make this one fun to play and gives it that distinctive sound.
The other thing about using open strings in the middle of lines is that it gives you time to do big moves like I do in this one. While I’m plucking that open E string, fourth note into the lick, my left hand is free to travel up the neck to the 8th fret to do that bend. Notice that I use a couple of fingers to bend that string. It’s much easier and much less painful, especially on acoustic, to use more than one finger to shove that string across the fretboard.
There’s not much to say about this one. It looks a lot harder than it is once you get the moves down. Theory wise, you should take mental note of the fact that, once again, this lick hinges off of chord tones. There’s a little chromatic run down through the b5 and 4 but it all resolves back to the root. As you know by now, I don’t think scales, I think chords and relate everything to the chord in play. I find it a much safer way to keep everything on track, particularly over more complex progressions where thinking scales can leave you in awful predicaments.
Guitar Lick by Kirk Lorange
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