Building Licks – Lick of The Week #19

by | June 19, 2020

This Week, Nick Manners gives us a fantastic lesson on building licks by adding variations to a repeating theme. He plays the same phrase in the first half of each section in this example and then responds to this repeating phrase with varying phrases in the second half. This is a great example of using call and response to build a solo over a longer piece of music.

The lick itself uses a range of techniques that will be familiar to most guitarists. But if they aren’t familiar, this will be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to pull-offs, slides, bends and double-stops. Whilst the lick is in B minor, it can easily be transferred around the fretboard using Minor Pentatonic Shape 1. This also helps to make it an excellent template for building licks of your own.

If you want to learn more about the scales and techniques used in this lick, you can find them in Level 3 of our online guitar syllabus. Our syllabus covers the six fundamentals of guitar playing over five levels and will take you from a beginner to expert. To find out more head over to our Syllabus page or our Online Shop to subscribe.

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