Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 1

Today we’re kicking off with a new weekly feature – ‘Tom’s Lick of the Week’.  Every Monday Tom Richardson will publish a new lick or riff lesson in video format along with a brief description and tabs.  These will be aimed mainly at the intermediate and advanced level players, so get your game faces on!

Those of you who have been reading LeftyFretz for a while will remember back to when we interviewed Tom earlier this year – link to article.  He has monster chops for such a young player and I hope you will all be as excited as I am to learn a little from him each week.

You might have noticed the new ‘Lick of the Week link in the menu bar above – all lessons will be archived there for easy reference.  If you can master one of Tom’s licks consider leaving a video response on YouTube!

Lick of the Week Lesson 1

This lick is an A Dorian pattern played using legato and economy picking for a smooth and fluid sound.  The lick starts with a downstroke followed by two pull-offs and then an upstroke for the E at the 9th fret. This opening phrase uses inside picking so that the rest of the lick can be played using economy picking by starting on a downstroke in bar 2. See tab for picking directions. The lick can also be played using hybrid picking.

Lick of the Week - Lesson 1 Tab

Download tab in GuitarPro 5 format


Leave a comment telling us what you think of this article.  Let us know how it could be improved or what you’d like to see in future lessons.  Also be sure to check out more of Tom’s playing on his YouTube channel 🙂

4 replies
  1. JD Peyton
    JD Peyton says:

    God damn, how does he make that look so easy. I’ve been at it for 2 hours and I can only play it half speed! I think this weekly lesson is a good idea and if I can play like tom as a result it will be time well spent lol 😀

  2. Stew
    Stew says:

    oh now this is just pure mocking… im “reading” this as, even a kid can do it, makes me feel totally hopeless. I wish i had played guitar my whole life… *grabs my guitar – heading for the practiceroom – thinking i’ll show them*


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