Steppin’ In Style – Lick of The Week #21

by | July 31, 2020

This week, Nick Manners is steppin’ in style through the shapes of the minor pentatonic scale in this triplet infused lick. Based in A minor, the lick hammers and slides its way from the D-string 2nd fret up to the E-string 12th fret. This is a great one for playing outside of the box scale shapes we tend to default to as guitarists. Working more horizontally across the fretboard like this is very useful for freshening up old licks and discovering new ones.

Nick also demonstrates how you might use a lick like this in the context of a full solo. In this short improvisation, you can see how he uses this lick to link the two halves of the solo. As shown, licks like this can be a great way to transition from one shape to another. This can really help to give a solo a sense of progression and interest rather than feeling static and boring. Try integrating this lick and the idea of horizontal movement in your own playing!

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.

You can also join our free Lick of The Week subscription via the link below to download the tab for this lesson. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all the latest Veevar news.

We've made the tab for this lick available to download for free. If you're a subscriber, you can also log in to gain access to the interactive tab. This allows you to slow down and loop sections of the lick to help you learn it.

If you would like to gain access to the interactive tab, follow the link below or head over to our online shop to subscribe.

Interactive lessons are only available to Syllabus members.

Sign up here.

Already a member? Login here.

Tabs are only available to Free or Syllabus members.

Sign up here for free.

Already a member? Login here.


Veevar Guitar is an online guitar syllabus with a difference. You get free access to 20+ professional tutors via our members-only forum.
Find your sound today.



Search our directory to find a local or online tutor that's right for you.



Stay up to date with all the latest Veevar Guitar news