Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 18

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 18

This is a bluesy lick in the key of A. The lick is played with a triplet feel (3 notes per beat, count: 1-trip-let, 2-trip-let, 3-trip-let etc…) Knowing which note starts on a beat will help you to get the feel of the lick. While practicing it may be helpful to slow the lick down and accent every note at the start of each triplet grouping to emphasise the rhythm.

It starts with the open A string, then a hammer on to the 3rd fret with the second finger and thento the 4th fret with the third finger. This leaves the first finger free to bar across the D and G strings to play the notes at the second fret. The slide from the 6th fret of the G string to the 7th fret is played with the little finger leaving the first finger free again to bar across the B and E strings at the 5th fret.

There are two half tone bends in the lick, the first note (B – 7th fret E string) of the first bar and the last note at the 11th fret of the G string with some added vibrato!

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  1. Tom Richardson
    Tom Richardson says:

    It’s still pretty much the same. I did consider going down the rack route with something like an Eleven Rack but in the end i decided i prefer a simpler set up where i can just plug and play with little tweaking.

    in the videos for Lick 17 and 18 i’m using an Axe FX patch of a Marshall Plexi boosted with an Ibanez TS808. In all the other videos i’m using my Marshall JVM and taking a signal from the effects send to the interface then using impulses to simulate a cabinet, you can get some good tones this way and it’s much easier than micing a cab in your bedroom! I add a bit of delay and reverb in Logic afterwards.


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