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Lick of the Week Lesson 21
This week’s lick is in E minor and makes use of chromatic notes with legato.
The opening phrase features a descending chromatic idea starting at the 17th fret and ending on the 14th fret of the E string. To play this I start with my little finger at the 17th fret and position my first finger above the 14th fret. This makes it easy to play the chromatic notes in between with your other fingers. This is all played using pull-offs.
After this there is a slide with the first finger down to the 12th fret. Towards the end of bar 1 there is a descending arpeggio played using economy picking. Instead of descending completely at once, the last note of bar one (12th fret of G string) and the second note of bar 2 (11th fret G string) ascend back up to make the lick less predictable before continuing the arpeggio until the end.
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