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Lick of the Week Lesson 16
This week’s lick is based on a familiar Christmas tune which most of you will probably recognise!
It starts at the 13th fret of the B string before sliding to the 15th fret and back. The next note is a tone bend at the 8th fret of the same string and then slides up to a bend at the 15th fret…watch out this is a big one! (tone and a half). You can get interesting ideas by playing 1 or 2 frets below the intended note so that you can bend up to it to create some more interest. This is something Guthrie Govan seems to do quite a lot. A good way to practice this along with string bending in general is to take a scale and play it normally along one string only. Then the second time, start a note below in the scale and bend up to the note you want. Doing this a few minutes a day can really improve your intonation and also help your phrasing.
In bar three there is a descending lick using economy picking. Legato is also used to try and get it sounding as smooth as possible. At the end of the bar there is a string skip from the 12th fret of the E string to the 8th fret of the D string. I use my middle finger to pick this note to avoid jumping over the A string with the pick, personally I find this approach to be easier and less clumsy at higher tempos.
In bar 5 the melody is repeated but this time it is changed to fit a Diminished sound. The whammy bar is used here with it being depressed slightly before the note is picked. The next bar uses notes on different strings to allow them to ring in to each other for a different affect before ending with a Csus4 chord (R 4 5).
Have fun and Merry Christmas! ;)
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