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Licks For Rock Soloing 4 Lick Combo
The key to mastering this exercise is nailing the phrasing and connecting the licks the smoothest way possible. When you feel comfortable try playing over the backing tracks using one or more of these licks in a solo and mix them with your own ideas. That’s when the new musical ideas will really come out!
This lick exercise is a combination of the four licks that came before this example. Only start on this exercise if you feel that you are proficient with the first four rock licks in this section.
Begin on the fifth fret on the first string, move to the second string, and pick the eighth fret on the second string, pull-off from the eighth fret to the fifth fret. The third string is a pull-off from the seventh fret to the fifth fret. Use your third finger on the seventh fret of the fourth string.
The challenging part of this phrase is the bend-release pull-off on the seventh fret of the third string. Pick the seventh fret and immediately bend and release the note. Make sure you support your third finger with your first and second finger. You want to hear the pitch on the seventh fret once you release that bend. Next, pull off to the fifth fret and move to the seventh fret on the fourth string. The last note ends on the root of the scale.
Start the second lick by picking the seventh fret on the third string, pull-off to the fifth fret and then move right to the fourth string seventh fret then pick the fifth fret on the third string again, from there pull-off to the fifth fret from the seventh fret on the fourth string.
The challenging part of this phrase is the slide from seventh fret to the fifth fret of the fifth string. It’s important to play this as a “slur.” In other words two notes that re played without separation. The last part of the lick is played on the third fret on the fifth string. Then move to the fifth fret on the sixth string. The final note of this phrase is on the third fret on the fifth string. Add a slight downward bend for a more bluesy quality.
Begin the third phrase by playing the seventh fret on the fourth string. Move to the fifth fret on the third string with your first finger, hammer-on to the seventh fret with your third finger.
The next parts of the lick is a hammer-pull from the fifth to the eighth fret, and then back to the fifth fret all on the second string. Beat four is the whole step bend. The key to getting this bend is to support the finger you choose to use for the bend with your other fingers to give you the strength to get the note to the right pitch. I find it easier to do this bend with the third finger. It is also good to be able to make this bend with your fourth finger as well. The lick ends on the fifth fret of the first string with your first finger.
The fourth lick is a mostly descending phrase that starts with a hammer-on from the eighth to the tenth frets on the second string. Play the eighth fret on the first string with the first finger. Move back to the second string and play the tenth fret. Pull off to the eighth fret.
The key to getting the transition smooth when moving to the eighth fret on the second string to the ninth fret on the third string is to play the ninth fret with the third finger. Pull off to the seventh fret and then slide to the fifth fret on the third string. That will get you to the fifth position. End the lick with a pull-off from the seventh to the fifth fret. The last note is on the seventh fret on the fourth string. Feel free to add some vibrato for good measure.
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