Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 6

Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’Every Monday Tom will publish a new lick or riff 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!

If you have missed previous lessons then be sure to check out the ‘Lick of the Week‘ archives.  Also make sure to subscribe to the LeftyFretz YouTube Channel to make sure you get your weekly lick fix from Tom ;)

Lick of the Week Lesson 6

Here’s something a bit different. This one uses minor 2nd intervals to create some dissonance. A minor 2nd interval is found 1 semitone (1 fret) above the root note. By playing these two notes on adjacent strings, we can let the notes ring in to each other giving a unique sound.

  • The first minor 2nd interval is from the G (12th fret, 3rd string) to the Ab (9th fret, 2nd string).
  • The next is from the C (13th fret, 2nd string) to the Db (9th fret, 1st string).
  • The last is found from the Db (14th fret, 2nd string) to the C (17th fret, 3rd string) played descending this time.

Toms Lick of the Week Lesson 6 Tab

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 5

Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’Every Monday Tom will publish a new lick or riff 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!

If you have missed previous lessons then be sure to check out the ‘Lick of the Week‘ archives.  Also make sure to subscribe to the LeftyFretz YouTube Channel to make sure you get your weekly lick fix from Tom ;)

Lick of the Week Lesson 5

Lick 5 uses tapping combined with legato in E minor. It’s quite a tricky one as there are some big stretches played at speed so as usual, if you find the lick challenging at first, remember to slow it down and make sure you are warmed up to avoid any injury. Once you have learned the notes slow, you will notice that the same pattern repeats again in another position higher up the neck. In the first position, after playing the tapped note there is a pull of from the 12th fret to the 7th fret and then a hammer on back to the 12th fret, from here a slide is played to get to the 14th fret. In each position after first tapping the note, there is then a slide up to the same note before the lick continues.

Tom's Lick of the Week Lesson 5 Tab

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 4

Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’Every Monday Tom will publish a new lick or riff 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!

If you have missed previous lessons then be sure to check out the ‘Lick of the Week‘ archives.  Also make sure to subscribe to the LeftyFretz YouTube Channel to make sure you get your weekly lick fix from Tom ;)

Lick of the Week Lesson 4

Lick 4 has a very distinctive sound.  It makes use of the diminished scale and its symmetrical nature to construct an ascending lick.   The same pattern from a diminished scale can also be played a minor 3rd above or below, which allows licks to be developed more easily.  This lick uses an idea sequenced in minor thirds with a legato slide in bar 3 to make the lick sound less predictable.

Tom's Free Guitar Lick Lesson of the Week Lesson 4 Tab

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 3

Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’Every Monday Tom will publish a new lick or riff 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!

If you have missed previous lessons then be sure to check out the ‘Lick of the Week‘ archives.  Also make sure to subscribe to the LeftyFretz YouTube Channel to make sure you get your weekly lick fix from Tom ;)

Lick of the Week Lesson 3

This is another Fusion type lick that makes use of economy picking for a smooth sound. It uses the A Dorian scale starting with an upward sweep from the 4th string to the 6th string. The same pattern repeats moving up in fourths each time.

In the second bar, after the initial upward sweep from the 2nd to the 4th string, two slides are played instead. The lick finishes on the 12th fret of the 1st string (5th above A) for a strong resolution.

Tom's Lick of the Week Lesson 3 Tab

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 2

Tom Richardson is back again with another finger-twisting ‘Lick of the Week’Every Monday Tom will publish a new lick or riff 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!

Last week’s lick had some fairly tricky ideas incorporated into it, so this week Tom is teaching something a little more straightforward.  This lick is a slick and simple introduction to hybrid picking for those of you who have never tried this technique.

If you have missed previous lessons then be sure to check out the ‘Lick of the Week‘ archives.  Also make sure to subscribe to the LeftyFretz YouTube Channel to make sure you get your weekly lick fix from Tom ;)

Lick of the Week Lesson 2

This week’s lick is a sliding interval idea in G Minor.  It starts off with a G played at the 15th fret on the 1st string.  The next note is at the 15th fret on the 3rd string, so to make this string skip easier, hybrid picking can be used.  I play all of the top notes on the 1st string with my finger (m) and all of the rest with the pick. In the second bar there is a chromatic note found at the 11th fret on the 3rd string, which adds a bit of tension. The lick finishes with a sustained note with added vibrato.

Lick of the Week Lesson 2 Tab

Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 1

Today we’re kicking off with a new weekly feature – ‘Tom’s Lick of the Week’.  Every Monday Tom Richardson will publish a new lick or riff lesson in video format along with a brief description and tabs.  These will be aimed mainly at the intermediate and advanced level players, so get your game faces on!

Those of you who have been reading LeftyFretz for a while will remember back to when we interviewed Tom earlier this year – link to article.  He has monster chops for such a young player and I hope you will all be as excited as I am to learn a little from him each week.

You might have noticed the new ‘Lick of the Week link in the menu bar above – all lessons will be archived there for easy reference.  If you can master one of Tom’s licks consider leaving a video response on YouTube!

Lick of the Week Lesson 1

This lick is an A Dorian pattern played using legato and economy picking for a smooth and fluid sound.  The lick starts with a downstroke followed by two pull-offs and then an upstroke for the E at the 9th fret. This opening phrase uses inside picking so that the rest of the lick can be played using economy picking by starting on a downstroke in bar 2. See tab for picking directions. The lick can also be played using hybrid picking.

Lick of the Week - Lesson 1 Tab