September

SECRET LICK OF THE MONTH: SEPTEMBER 2010
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Taken from GT134 Did I say funk?? This is an example played with a real basic slap technique on the guitar (it’s always worth stealing techniques from other instruments!). I’ve used again the CS-2 with the sustain set around 3 o’clock. This example is mainly played using the slap technique of bass players. For the triplet in bar 1: play an upstroke with the index finger, hit the string using the slap technique (s) producing a dead note, then play a down stroke (p) using again the thumb (not slapping, just a normal downstroke), that should do the trick.


SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 06 SEPTEMBER 2010

This is a country blues lick in the style of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis.

The lick is based on two simple chord shapes: the E chord is played using the C shape, whereas the A chord is played using the E shape.

There a few things to keep in mind for both hands.

FRETTING HAND

  1. For the E7 chord move the 3rd finger back and forth between the 6th string and the 5th string. Don’t hold the note down because you will loose the bouncy effect.

  2. For the A7 chord play the A note on the 6th string with the thumb like Merle Travis.

PICKING HAND

  1. Use either finger-style or thumb-pick, whatever you feel more comfortable with. An additional approach would be with hybrid picking.

  2. Whatever you decide to use make sure that the pick (or thumb) plays the bottom three strings (E, A and D) while the fingers take care of the other strings.

  3. You can also apply a light muting on the bottom strings to accentuate the emulation of a double bass.

I hope you enjoy it!

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 13 SEPTEMBER 2010

This is a gospel blues lick. You can associate it with Larry Carlton or Robben Ford although it’s not ‘in the style of’ strictly speaking.

This line combines A major pentatonic with A minor pentatonic (A blues to be precise). The idea is to show how the minor pentatonic is used to create ‘tension’ in comparison with the major.

Harmonically this concept is applied to a turnaround (I-VI-II-V) but you can use it in many other places. If you like this kind of approach you should check out the Blues Turnaround lesson I did for Guitar Techniques 156.

Technically you only need to focus on the expressions of your lines: intonation of bending, vibrato, and the use of legato techniques such as hammer on, pull off and slide.

Enjoy it!

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 20 SEPTEMBER 2010
FULL BAND

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Taken from GT154 Probably the most common chicken picking lick ever. This is in the style of Don Rich (Buck Owens and the Buckaroos) and can easily be moved and found on other sets of strings.

SECRET LICK OF THE WEEK: 27 SEPTEMBER 2010

Taken from GT169 This lick is in the style of Greg Howe and features the same technique as the previous example but it’s applied in a slightly different way. It’s again a very easy lick to do and the result just sounds great. In the second bar play the 17th fret with the picking hand, pull off to the 15th fret – that is played by the fretting hand – and bend the string up a whole tone.