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Weekly Lick Index

The Lessons on Guitar Licks

Learning licks is very important, they function as musical words, helping to learn new styles (languages) and showing you new and interesting approaches to things you already know. Two very important points to help you make the most of them...

Use the licks
Use a backing track, a looper pedal or a jam buddy - just make sure you use them. Try and mix them in with licks you already know so they blend in a bit, you need to work on linking them, it's often getting into and out of a new lick that is the most difficult, so work on it!

Find the essence
Once you can play and use the lick comfortably then it's time to try and extract the essence of it and then try and use it to create new material. I think this is the most fun part. Try and find the thing in the lick that can be extracted and put into something else - look beyond the notes, though they are usually easiest to extract and re-apply. Think about exploring the dynamics, the phrasing, the techniques, the way a position was shifted, that kind of thing... and try and make up your own cool stuff using the essence.

More than a lick
These videos are not a little 10 second clip of just the lick like you find some other places. I show it to you in quite a bit of detail and then most times I explain where it comes from, how to manipulate it and any concepts behind them, many times it's much like a lesson than just a lick demo!

I was trying to do them every week but there are too many other things to do, so I've put them on hold, but will continue adding to them as I get time.


LK-001 • Chromatic 6th's
This kinda lick is used in Blues and Country and there is a lot to explore here other than the lick itself! 6th's are a real useful thing to know and once you learn them well you will find them coming out often!

LK-002 • Half Diminished Slidey
This lick uses a C# half diminished (m7b5) arpeggio over an A7 chord to get an A9 kinda sound. And it's got some cool slidey things too to navigate the A7 arpeggio tones. Good fun lick this 'un.

LK-003 • Bent 3rd Chromatic
I love this blues lick, one of my all time favourites. It's yet another A7 type lick (chord specific) but can be adapted well to other chords too...

LK-004 • Hammer 6's
This is a simple major scale idea using 6 notes per beat and uses only hammer-ons in the G Major 3 Note Per String Scale. Shouldn't prove too hard to get it fast and concept is easy to explore using other scales and patterns.

LK-005 • Static Root Blues
Lotsa great players use this trick. Why play one note when you can play 2?? ha ha - the idea is just to play the root note at the same time as other notes in a blues context - have to use hybrid picking too!

LK-006 • Becks Bendy Trick
This lick is a Jeff Beck stylee lick that imitates a keyboard bend wheel. Good fun and easy to adapt to all kinds of styles, scales and easy to mix in with other licks.

LK-007 • Return Of The Bend
A country style bend with some cascading notes at the end.

LK-008 • Slide To The Same
A very simple but much used concept in blues and rock. Play a note then find the same note on the next string. You will use it all the time once you get it under your fingers. Easy if you know notes on the fingerboard!

LK-009 • Jazzy 7th Rolls
A cool lick that combines rolls and jazz flavour with an A7 arpeggio.

LK-010 • Reverse 3-in-a-line
I love this lick a simple idea but really make the pentatonic scale sound interesting and hip. Good fun, can be tricky outside of box 1...

LK-011 • Rock Sliding Octaves
This is a super rock lick that will have you darting round the neck like a lizard on speed :)

LK-012 • Tapping Bends
Very cool rock trick that sounds awesome in the right place. Just make sure you understand which fret to tap!

LK-013 • String Skippin Blues
A fast rock blues hybrid lick using string skipping and legato to speed things up a bit!

LK-014 • Diad Bends
This is a rocky blues country stylee lick using one static note and one bend played together. Real useful and sounds great for an easy lick!

LK-015 • Falling Legato
A groovy blues rock lick that is fun to get fast and and can be used lots of different ways.

LK-016 • Wes Style 8ve 7th
A jazz lick using the Wes Montgomery trademark octaves, the whole technique is explained too!

LK-017 • Chromixo
Another jazzy flavoured lick that mixed the mixolydian mode with a lot of chromatic notes.

LK-018 • Pass Major 9
This is a Joe Pass Style major 9 lick, contains a real common jazz trick you should know!

LK-019 • Minor 9 
This is a tasty little lick that works lovely over a minor 7 chord with a nice chromatic jazzy flavour.

LK-020 • Triangles
A big concept, atonality, making up a lick that uses a geometric shape instead of a scale!

Now doing some "in the style of" kinda ones...

LK-021 • Angus's Repeater
An Angus Young style repeating rock blues lick. Very useful little puppy this one.

LK-022 • Chuck's Thirds
A Chuck Berry Stylee lick using 3rds, useful tool to know how to use.

LK-023 • Stevie's Wrong'un
A Stevie Ray Vaughan kinda lick that uses some unusual notes but sounds great!

LK-024 • Robben's Poorly
Robben Ford style Pentatonic lick, amazing what that guy does with 5 note scales..





Lesson ID: LK-000