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Lick of the Week Lesson 24
Lick 24 uses the Harmonic Minor Scale in G. Harmonic Minor – 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7.
If you are not familiar with this scale, you can think of it as a natural minor scale with a raised 7th, which will help you to visualise the notes until you get to grips with it, without having to learn entirely new shapes all around the neck.
The lick starts with a grace note sliding in to the 10th fret from the 9th fret played twice. From here it descends down a G Minor triad leading to a quartertone bend at the 11th fret of the B string. This is typical of something found in a blues solo. The last two notes of bar 1 are G (12th fret) leading to the major 7th at the 11th fret which helps give us the Harmonic minor sound. The note found at the 11th fret of the E string in beat 1 of bar 2 is the minor 6th interval of G. This confirms we are using Harmonic Minor as opposed to Melodic Minor which has a natural 6th played at the 12th fret of the E string instead. It ends with a G octave shape.
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