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Another Harmonized Blues Lick using Double Stops

Guitar Lick by Kirk Lorange

The Lick explained

Here’s another double stop lick, one that becomes a sort of rhythm part when repeated. It’s a moveable lick too, which is always nice.

You’ll notice a few common shapes and positions if you’ve been following this series. This lick, like all melodic licks, is built around chord tones, in fact it’s all chord tones if we consider that 6-4 interval as the 3-1 of a momentary C chord, which in fact it is. So, to remind you, chord tones are at least the 1-3-5 of the chord in play, and any extra tones can be added to them. Here we’re playing over a G7 chord, so all the 1-3-5-b7 apply, and the momentary C chord is the 1-3, so — all chord tones. Another example of why it’s so important to see those chord tones at all times. A very simple and succinct way to do that is described in my PlaneTalk Package — as if you didn’t know that by now.

This one really is very straight ahead, no finger twisting involved, not acrobatics required. Timing wise, I anticipate the first double stops (the each time, the b7-5). They’re played on the last eight beat of the previous bar, as you can see in the tab below. Of course, you can time it any old way you want.

I recommend that you play around with this, alter it to suit your taste, change the order of its elements (there are countless ways to do that) and always — always — keep in mind those numbers. Knowing the numbers is the key. After a while you will begin to hear the numbers before you even play them. You will know the sound of a flat 7, the sound of the flat 3 to 3 move, the sound of a 6 or 9. When you know the sounds and know where to find them on the fretboard, you’ll be able to play what you hear in your head and get it right every time. No more guess work, no more clangers.


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.