Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’. Every other Wednesday 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 26
The next 10 licks are based on the Pentatonic scale. Each one uses a different idea or concept to help you create fresh sounding ideas and to break away from the common box patterns. There are countless things you can do with this scale and as pretty much every guitarist knows it, it’s much easier to include the ideas in your own playing!
This week’s lick uses the most common scale position for the Pentatonic.
The idea for this lick is to use wide intervals from the scale, which will create a more unpredictable sound. The lick starts with a fairly normal pentatonic idea. The last two notes in bar 2 are E and C (E to C = minor 6th) followed by an A on the E string in Bar 3 (C to A = 6th interval). All these notes are from the pentatonic scale. You don’t need to know the specific intervals of the notes you are playing as long as the notes come from the Pentatonic. When I came up with this lick I initially just thought to skip a string while playing notes from the scale rather than to think about each interval. At the end of the lick is another wide interval idea this time using the Pentatonic scale in the next position up!
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