August

SECRET LICK OF THE MONTH: AUGUST 2010
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Taken from GT132 (the last lick on the audio file)- This lick is in the style of Brad Paisley and shows his totally new approach to country music. He often plays ‘weird’ notes such as the b3 and major 7. The second bar is a bit challenging, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Follow the fingerings carefully and you’ll be amazed at the results!

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 09 AUGUST 2010

This lick is mainly built using the (what I call) “Secret Scale”. It’s basically the combination of Blues and Country scales. I think that these kind of lines works very nicely in many different styles and situations.

It’s written as a shuffle so it’s ready to be played over a blues but I would recommend to try it straight, in 16th and shuffle 16ths.

Also… experiment playing the lick starting in different parts of bar. E.g. Now this lick is starting on beat 1. Why don’t you try it starting on beat 2? Or 3? And what about the off beat? I’ve always found this approach very refreshing.

Enjoy it!

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 16 AUGUST 2010

This lick is a II-V-I in the key of C. It’s a jazz line that can be used as a part of a chord melody arrangement or as a comping.

The top line of chords represents the function of each chord (in this case: II-Valt-I) and doesn’t show the actual extensions and alterations used.

The second line shows what chords have been superimposed. This approach is quite difficult but can be very useful because you learn how to use 4-voice chords (7th chords) in a variety of harmonic situations.

There’s just one thing missing: the final result for each chord.

E.g. Fmaj7 over Dm7 = Dm9.

I’ll let you find that out. :)

Enjoy!

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 23 AUGUST 2010

This lick is played in open E tuning (E-B-E-G#-B-E) with a slide (bottle-neck) and it’s in the style of slide legend Duane Allman.

(You can tune in open D if you’re worried about the tension created on the neck of your guitar. The relation of the notes will be same, just a whole tone lower).

The lick works very nicely over a standard shuffle blues in D but can be used in many other situations. It’s built using the ‘Secret Scale’ which combines D blues and D country scale.

Technically there’s a lot of ‘sliding’ around to be mastered. You may say that it’s kind of a given when you play with a slide but in this instance it’s even more than ‘normal’. This means that the hand needs to move quickly from one fret to another and this makes very challenging to keep a good intonation.

Experiment with the different positions of the thumb in the ‘sliding’ hand. Does it feel easier to keep the thumb in the same position and just move the hand? Or do you find easier to move the entire hand? There’s no right or wrong in my opinion… just try to realize what comes easier to you so you can adopt the same approach to other similar situations.

Enjoy!

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 30 AUGUST 2010

This is a tapping lick featuring a series of arpeggios.

Tapping technique is often associated with modern rock or shredding guitar but it’s not its only function. Have a look at the example above. By studying it your legato technique will improve, your muting technique will improve but also your knowledge of the guitar will improve and your harmony and theory understanding will improve as well.

This is why the metronome speed is “whatever”. Because the speed is not necessarily what you might want to improve or what you might be working on. Remember that using a different technique allows you to see things slightly differently and that is priceless.

The lick is over a II-V-I-VI in C and features different inversions of tapped arpeggios. I started the fifth bar but I left it incomplete. It’s up to you if you want to continue the lick using different inversions for each chord or if you want to use as a pure technique developer.

I hope you enjoy it!

P.S.: Please note that there’s no picking involved. No pick allowed!