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 25
This week’s lick is based on the diminished scale, which has a very distinctive sound. It is a symmetrical scale that is based on a pattern of repeating intervals (W, ½, W, ½, W, ½ …) and contains 8 notes instead of seven. Any scale shape, pattern or phrase can be moved up or down in minor 3rds (3 frets) and still work. The same can be done with chord shapes.
The lick makes use of legato and economy picking. It starts with a legato pattern from the 8th to the 11th fret of the A string and I use a downward sweeping motion to get from the third note to the 8th fret of the G string. Picking these next 4 notes on the G string (8 -11-10-8) ends up with an upstroke at the 8th fret which goes smoothly back to the 9th fret D string with an upwards picking motion this time. From here there’s a hammer on and then back to the G string where the phrase starts with a downstroke and finishes with a downstroke leading to the B string at the end of the bar. In bar 2 there is some slides with a quartertone bend and a legato phrase in the final bar ending with another bend.
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