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SECRET LICK OF THE MONTH: NOVEMBER 2010
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Taken from GT154 – Jay Graydon Lead Style: This is example is in the style of Jay Graydon and features a typical 16th note shuffle groove very common in Jay’s repertoire. One of many characteristics of Jay’s style is the creativity even in front a harmony not really straight forward to many musicians. I’ve used the Music Man Luke, a Mesa Boogie MkII, a stereo delay from Line 6 rack unit Echo Pro and I played the example with a flat pick.

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 08 NOVEMBER 2010
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Taken from GT154 – Ex 8: This is a double stop lick in the style of ‘early’ Brent Mason. Brent would probably play the double stops with index and middle and the D string with thumb-pick and one finger (middle or ring).

TIP 1 Transpose this lick in a different key (this one is in C7).
TIP 2 Move it on the top 4 strings (the highest four strings).
TIP 3 Improvise over a 12 bar country blues using this lick.

 

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 15 NOVEMBER 2010

Jazz Walking Bass Line: This is a walking bass line around a II-V-I-VI in the key of G major. This chord progression is often called Turnaround by jazz players and it’s very popular in jazz standards.

Drop the pick and use fingerstyle to get a jazzier tone. Try to use the flesh of the fingers instead of the nails (in case you use long nails). For the fretting hand get familiar with the chord shapes first and then check out the fingerings used for the bass line.

Once you’ve got everything going focus on the length of the notes and the overall swing feel.

TIP 1 Transpose this lick in a different key (this one is in G).
TIP 2 Compose another lick reducing the duration of the chords (use two beats per chord instead of one bar per chord as shown).
TIP 2 Apply this lick to a jazz standard.

 

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 22 NOVEMBER 2010
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Taken from GT156 – Ex 18:

This part of the article shows how to move from one chord to another.

Another lick from C to F. This time F is approached using the 3rd of the chord (A).

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 29 NOVEMBER 2010
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Taken from GT156 – Ex 07:

Ex 7 – SRV Turnaround How can we live without a SRV turnaround? Stevie played this one in almost every medium shuffle in E. Note the 2nd time ending. Unusual chords choice.