Tom’s Lick of the Week : Lesson 20

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 20

Lick 20 is based on the C Harmonic Minor scale. It is similar to an Aeolian scale except it has a natural 7th instead of a flat 7th. The natural 7th interval creates a very distinctive sound.

Here are the scale intervals to compare
Aeolian – R 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 – C D Eb F G Ab Bb
Harmonic Minor – R 2 b3 4 5 b6 7 – C D Eb F G Ab B

The lick starts with a descending chromatic phrase using pull-offs before landing on the 5th fret of the G string. The next note at the 4th fret is the natural 7th. Try playing the lick with this note moved down a semitone to the 3rd fret to create a b7 interval instead and compare the sound.

In the second bar, 16th notes are used for the first two beats. The descending part from the 4th note to the 6th note can be seen as an Eb major arpeggio built from the third degree of the C Harmonic Minor scale.

C MinorD DimEb MajorF MinorF Dom 7G MajorB Dim

The lick finishes with two octaves, Bb and C. Here the b7 is used instead but the natural 7th will work just as well, if not better, to keep with the Harmonic Minor tonality of the lick.

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