Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’. Every other Monday Tom will publish a new lick lesson in video format along with a brief description and tabs. These licks are aimed mainly at the intermediate and advanced level players, so get your game faces on!
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Lick of the Week Lesson 13
Lick 13 is an ascending line using an Am7 Arpeggio as the basis. The first four notes are the R, b3, 5 and b7 taken from the arpeggio. The next note at the 9th fret is the 6th interval (F#) taken from the A Dorian scale for some added colour. The same shape is then used an octave higher starting from the 7th fret of the D string and the F# is featured again at the 11th fret of the G string. The second bar features 3 notes played with slides. Pick the first note only then slide in to the others for a smooth sound.
Try taking the m7 Arpeggio shape to create more licks. Start with the root note then add the b3, in this case it’s always 3 frets higher, and then repeat this shape a perfect fifth above on the next string, like the first 4 notes in bar 1. A Major7 arpeggio can be created in the same way. Alter the arpeggio to give a major 3rd interval instead of a b3 by making the second note 4 frets higher instead of 3 frets. Then repeat this same shape again up a perfect fifth. This can be a good starting point to playing outside the familiar box shapes.
If you’re struggling to get this lick down then leave a question below and we’ll get back to you. If you manage to nail this lick then consider leaving a video response for us on YouTube. Also be sure to check out more of Tom’s playing on his YouTube channel