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Unread 06-26-2014, 03:33 AM   #1
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favorite licks

Thought it might be cool to share our favorite licks with each other.

Here's one of mine, it's a descending sus4 arpeggio in the key of D -

e--15-14---------------------------------------------------
b----------15------------------------------------------------
g--------------14-\12-\11----------------------------------
d-----------------------------12-----------------------------
a---------------------------------12-\10-\9-----------------
E----------------------------------------------10-\5---------

Hopefully this thread will catch on and we can help each continue to grow musically.

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Unread 06-27-2014, 01:52 AM   #2
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Here's another that I use pretty regularly, it's a blues cliche that you can cycle over and over. It comes out of everybody's favorite minor pentatonic box, this time key of Em. Once you get the muscle memory for this one down, you can (or should be able to) play it pretty fast and it really burns. Make sure you get the bend up to pitch (whole step) every time. Also, practice moving it to different keys.

e---12-----------12---------------------------------------
b--------15--12-----12--15(Bend Whole step)----
g-------------------------------------------------------------
d-------------------------------------------------------------
a-------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------
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Unread 06-28-2014, 11:38 AM   #3
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Mine's not necessarily a lick, but a technique on voicing.

I often play at a church with a pianist lead that uses multiple layered sounds and plays very...full. And, on a rare occasion, in conjunction with that, we'll have another electric guitarist as well.

I've found playing complex, two or three note harmonies in a mid range with some dirt makes the guitar prominent, but leaves a lot of room for the other instruments to breathe.

For example, on a progression like G-D-Em-C:

Instead of this (Root-Fifth):
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-----7--9--5-----------------------------------------------
-5--7--9--5-----------------------------------------------
-5--5--7--3-----------------------------------------------
-3-----------------------------------------------------------

I'd play this (Root-Third, Third-Fifth, Root-Third, Third-Fifth):
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-------------------------------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------
-----9-----7----5---5-------------------------------------
----10----9----7---7-------------------------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------

Often times you can find harmonies and countermelodies that can follow the movement of the melody or even add interesting movement to the overall shape of the song.
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Unread 06-29-2014, 11:25 PM   #4
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How about this one:

Played straight 8th notes over a G7

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--------0--------0----------0--------6^---8-
--------0--------0---3-/4--0---/7-----------
-----------2-/3------2-/3--------------------
-3-/4-----1-/2-------------------------------
-2-/3-----------------------------------------
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Unread 06-30-2014, 02:23 AM   #5
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^ that's weird. All those tri-tones would have gotten you locked away in the middle ages.
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Unread 06-30-2014, 04:16 AM   #6
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Here's a melodic pedal point idea in the key of Am.

e------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b------10---12--13~~~----12----13----13(b W)~~~-----13----15----15(b W)-(b(1 1/2)~~~13-12-1213------
g---/9----9-----9--------/10----10----10------------------/12----12----12---------------------------------------------14--
d------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
a------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The bend at the end of the 3rd sequence gets bent a whole step, then you bend it another 1/2 step. Be sure to keep enough separation between the bends so that you can hear both notes.
Throughout this lick, I'm using the A Natural minor scale (Aeolian.) Try the same idea with other scales.
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Unread 12-18-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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I have several:

Ex. 1
/===================(repeat at will)===================\
e------------12---------------------12---------------------12---------------------------------------------------
B----------------15p12----------------15p12----------------15p12-----------------------------------------
G--14b15---------------14b15----------------14b15----------------14b15--12-14b15br14----------
D-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------14~~~
A--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Ex. 2
*gn=grace note - played just before the "on beat."
Jimi Hendrix is one artist famous for this technique
% = bend or slide at player's discretion

e--------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------6-6-------8-8-6-8----gn8%10~~~
G---5-5-------7-7-5-7-------7-5--------------------------------
D---------7-5------------------------------------------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------------------
E--------------------------------------------------------------------

Example two can be expanded down another octave making a two octave lick. Just transpose to the same lick down an octave starting on the 3rd fret of the A string (C note).


Ex. 3
/==============repeat 2x==============\
e----------5-5-------5-5-------5-5--------5-5--------5-5-5--8/9--5-------------------
B----------5-5-------5-5-------5-5--------5-5--------5-5-5--7/8--5-7b8--5---------
G---7b8-------7b8------7b8-------7b8-------7b8--------------------7b8--5---------
D---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7~~~
A-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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Unread 12-04-2015, 01:36 PM   #8
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Can anyone please explain this form of communication to someone who isn't math-brained?
I have to write out crude hieroglyphics for my parts. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Just maybe to break it down as simply as possible to explain. Thanks!
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Unread 12-04-2015, 02:23 PM   #9
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Each line is a string. The number is the fret you press. Work your way from left to right.
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