Naturally Minor – Lick of The Week #16
This week Adam Welch demonstrates using natural minor scales across the length of the fretboard. In this lick, Adam actually combines a series of shorter licks in A minor into a full-length guitar solo. Working melodically through multiple scale shapes, this lick uses a variety of techniques such as slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and vibrato.
This is an interesting one as it shows how melodic ideas can be repeated across different octaves. This has a great effect of giving a strong sense of rising tension or a crescendo in a melody. There are also some excellent examples of using the repeating note patterns in different places in a scale. This is an important way in which guitarists can create interconnected melodic ideas when writing a solo. Pay attention to the last run of bends on the 1st string to see how this is done!
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