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A Guitar Lick with a neat little Bend

Guitar Lick by Kirk Lorange

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The Lick explained

This lick has got that neat little bend in it. I've been exploring bends recently and I thought I'd pass this on to you in this lesson. There are so many ways of incorporating bends into licks but this is my favourite, I think.​ You need to bend up to the note you're after and without picking the string again move your finger to the actual note on the next fret. So it's a sort of bend-slide-release action. It'll take you a few tries before you get it but it's worth the effort. It's a real ear catcher.

You'll hear and see that I precede the bend with a momentary bass note ... almost a ghost note. I didn't realize I was doing it until I watched the playback and started tabbing this out. Sometimes I used the open E string, sometimes the open A. I'm not sure where it came from but it sort of thickens out the sound there. Do it or don't ...

Apart from the bend and that weird ghost note, there's really nothing much to this one other than the timing. There are a lot of off-beats in this and you really need to be aware of the underlying pulse to nail it properly, to keep the groove going. But the moves are not very challenging.

The tab below shows two passes through the lick. Enjoy learning it!


Guitar Lick by Kirk Lorange

Kirk LorangeAs well as putting together these guitar licks and lessons, I am also the author of PlaneTalk - The Truly Totally Different Guitar Instruction Package, which teaches a mindset, a way of thinking about music and a way of tracking it all on the guitar fretboard. Yes, there IS a constant down there in the maze of strings and fret wire, a landmark that points to everything at all times. I call it The Easiest Yet Most Powerful Guitar Lesson You Will Ever Learn and many testimonials at my site will back up that rather superlative description. If your goal as a guitar player is to be able to truly PLAY the guitar, not just learn by rote; to be able to invent on the fly, not memorize every note; to be able to see the WHOLE fretboard as friendly, familiar territory, not just the first 5 frets and to do it all without thinking about all those scales and modes, then you should read more here.