Learn a Lick 7- The pentatonic Box

So, here’s a lick that’s great for soloing with over blues-rock or metal tracks and it fits really well into the infamous ‘pentatonic box’. In fact, I used to use it all the time with my old band. It goes well over powerchords, or full minor chords. You could also try it with minor 7ths, (read more…)

Written by Rob

Learn a Lick 6: Rising Force

So, recently I’ve been very busy, and then I was ill- so I haven’t managed to do a video for a while. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I’ve managed to spend some of this time sharpening my shred skills. I mean, if you’re stuck inside, ill, with nothing to do, why (read more…)

Written by Rob

Learn a Lick 5: The Shifty Thrasher

Today’s lick has been inspired by Thrash giants such as Kirk Hammett from Metallica. It also requires a lot of quick position shifts that need to be executed cleanly. This is why I’ve called this one the ‘Shifty Thrasher’! The lick uses the E natural minor scale, and would feel right at home in many (read more…)

Written by Rob

Learn a Lick 4: Swep-tap-ular!

This week’s lick is an example of how you can use swept arpeggios- along with tapping- to outline the sound of a certain scale, or key. Essentially, we’re taking two chords that fit the A phrygian mode, and playing them over an A root note. If you do this, you’ll get the sound of the (read more…)

Written by Rob

Learn a Lick 3: Learner Messiah

This week’s lick is inspired by the solo on Metallica’s ‘Leper Messiah‘, from the ‘Master of Puppets’ Album. You can either play it with alternate picking, which is a challenge in itself, or you can sweep it, as we’re doing today. Played this way, this lick makes a great example of how to use arpeggios (read more…)

Written by Rob

A Dorian Tapping Lick

This week on ‘Learn a Lick’ we’re doing some two-handed tapping ideas in the A dorian mode. I say the ‘A dorian mode’, because that’s a scale that all of these notes happen to be in. What’s really happening is: I’m playing one shape that I’m moving across the strings. So, in practice we’re tapping (read more…)

Written by Rob

Em Blues Thrash Lick

This week we’re looking at a very short lick that can used in anything from blues-rock to thrash metal. This example is in E minor and uses the Em pentatonic scale. If you know your pentatonic scales, we’re using the first shape in 12th position- you should experiment with it in different keys to fit (read more…)

Written by Rob