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 19
Lick 19 is a bit more laid back compared to previous weeks and has quite a jazzy feel to it.
The lick is based on the E Dorian scale. The Dorian scale is often the first choice for improvisation over minor chords in jazz. It is built from the second degree of a major scale and it features a natural 6th as opposed to the b6 found in the Aeolian scale which is also commonly used for minor chords.
This example shows the A Dorian scale built from the 2nd degree of the G major scale and also shows the difference of the 6th interval between the two minor scales.
The lick also features grace notes. This is where you start one fret behind the intended target note and slide in to it. The trick is to make the grace note shorter than the target note. The first note of the lick features a grace note at the 6th fret before sliding to the 7th fret. The two notes in the second bar also make use of grace notes. These are a great way to make your licks sound instantly jazzier and can also be played by sliding to the target note from a note above instead of from below.
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