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Repeating E Pentatonic Rock Licks
This Repeating E Pentatonic Rock Licks lesson covers some common licks that are used to create repeating phrases. I have heard these called rapid fire licks or repeating licks before. Patterns like this are a good way to spice up and show a little flash in a solo. Some of the hard rock guitar players that have made this technique really well known are Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, and Michael Schenker. The mix of the picking and legato approaches makes this a great technique to have in your bag of tricks.
All of the licks here are taken from the E minor pentatonic scale with a couple of added notes. The first measure is moving from the fifteenth fret and the twelfth fret on the first and second strings. I’m picking a downstroke on the fifteenth and a pull-off to the twelfth frets. Bar two is the same basic idea but the ninth degree is added for some extra flavor and variation.
Measure three starts on the second string and incorporates the flat 5th degree. Or the blue note is another name for it. This adds a very dark and aggressive type of sound. Bar four is a set of picked and legato notes on the second and third strings. Measure five moves that pattern down to the third and fourth strings, and slightly changes the shape to accommodate the scale.
Bar six is where the position changes speed up a bit moving from the tenth position to the twelfth. Measure seven continues that idea going up to the seventeenth frets. Bar eight ends the whole thing with a three string pattern moving down the strings ending on the root of the scale.
Practice each measure separately with the backing tracks and slowly connect the whole thing.
Try to keep the picked notes at the same volume as the legato notes.
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