October

SECRET LICK OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER 2010
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Taken from GT160 – Hellecasters/Country Style: This example is in the style of country all-star band The Hellecasters and although they use mainly three guitar parts I decided to stick to two only because this concept can be easily applied in most bands. It’s a two guitar part with gtr 2 a diatonic 3rd higher than the lead.

The main technique here is hybrid picking, in fact to get that staccato sound of the recording I used strictly pick-finger-pick-finger digging in hard with the fingers instead of the more common alternate picking. In bar 5 both guitars play an artificial harmonic.

After you play the 9th fret with the fretting hand you just slightly touch the string 12 frets above (21st fret) with the picking hand. This should result in a harmonic. The example is built around a short blues chord progression in A.

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 04 OCTOBER 2010
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Taken from GT132 – II-V-I Wes Montgomery Style: This first lick is in the style of the most important jazz guitarist ever; Wes Montgomery. Over the IIm7 it uses arpeggio notes and a chromatic line to land on the 3rd of the V7 chord. Then it plays the diminished arpeggio and augmented arpeggio to land on the 3rd of the Imaj7 chord. For authenticity, this example should be played using the thumb only; no pick allowed!

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 11 OCTOBER 2010
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Taken from GT156 – Ex 8: This lick combines the C Country scale with the C Blues scale. Note how the minor and major 3rd have been treated to create tension/resolution.

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 18 OCTOBER 2010
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Taken from GT156 – Delta Blues Turnaround This example should be played fingerstyle and features the Holy Grail of the Delta Blues turnarounds.

Explore the many variations of this lick. E.g. In the first bar instead of playing always the chords as a whole as indicated in the tablature, try to pick one or two strings only (e.g. the G or D strings) and you’ll see how many possibilities and combinations this turnaround incorporates.

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 25 OCTOBER 2010
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Taken from GT156 – Western Swing This is a very Western Swing lick. You can see how the notes are organized as triads (D and G major) combining with a Be-Bop chromatic approach.