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

Locrian Mode Backing Track

Here’s the extended backing track to my lesson on the Locrian mode. It’s quite a good mode to use if you’re after a very dark, satanic sound. The Locrian mode is the 7th mode of the major scale. This means that, although the track uses D Locrian, it’s the same notes as E flat major. (read more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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Seymour Duncan SH13 Dimebucker review

The Seymour Duncan SH13 Dimebucker is a copy of Dimebag Darrel’s ‘Bill Lawrence L-500XL’ humbucker. This was the pickup that Dime used in the bridge of his modified ML ‘Dean from Hell‘ guitar. If you’ve heard Pantera, Damageplan or any other project that Dime was involved in, you’ll probably have a pretty good idea of (read more…)

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