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Licks En Espanol
(By Tyson)

Hey everyone.  I've had a lot of request since I've been writing lessons for Christian Guitar Resources and I obviously haven't been able to write them all yet.  But rest assured, I'm trying to get to your lesson.  By the way, while I'm just talking, there have been a couple request for bass lessons, so if you can play bass with the best of them and have some spare time to help out the online community, drop me a line in my e-mail.  Thanks.
Where was I?  Oh yes, one of the request I received was from Rian asking for some Spanish Licks and I thought that sounded like a cool idea... so I'm writing it.  Here it goes.

Before I begin, I'd like to make it clear that I am no expert at Spanish guitar playing.  Sure, I've heard Burlap to Cashmere and watched Zorro.  But a week ago, the only Spanish thing I could play was the rhythm off of Shaded Red's Revolution.  So I learned Spanish lead as I was preparing to write this lesson.  :0)

First of all I had to figure out a Spanish scale.  E, F and G were the chords Shaded Red used in their Spanish interlude so I thought that would be a good place to start.  Out of those 3 chords, plus Am I made the following scale.


Spanish scale
in the key of E

Play up and down that a couple times to get the hang of it.  Alright, are you ready to do something with it?  Here is your first spanish riff.

  e-----------------------
  B-----------------------
  G--------1-2/4--2-p-1-2- strum E
  D--2-h-3----------------
  A-----------------------
  E-----------------------

  e-----------------------
  B-----------------------
  G--------1-2/4-2-p-1-2--
  D--2-h-3----------------
  A-----------------------
  E-----------------------

(Click Here For An MP3 example)

Pretty cool, huh?  You can use that same scale to do the following lick, which is in a higher octave.

  e--------------------------------
  B--------12-13-15-13-12-13-------
  G--13-14-------------------14-14-
  D--------------------------------
  A--------------------------------
  E--------------------------------

  e--------------------------
  B--------12-13-15-13-12-13-
  G--13-14-------------------
  D--------------------------
  A--------------------------
  E--------------------------

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Here is one last lick for you.  It's kind of a laid back spanish lead.

  e--------------------------
  B--13-12----12-------------
  G--------13----14-13-11-13-
  D--------------------------
  A--------------------------
  E--------------------------

  e-----------------------------------
  B-----------------------------------
  B--13-12----12-15-13-12-13----------
  G--------13----------------13-14-14-
  A-----------------------------------
  E-----------------------------------

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That should be enough to get you off to a good start.  Mess around with that scale in different keys and most of all; have fun with it.  Before you know it you'll be working at one of those Mexican restraunts with a classical guitar singing for money... (well maybe not, but you can at least play spanish guitar in your bedroom.)



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