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Todd Simpson
post Feb 25 2018, 03:34 AM
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QUICK LICKS #16 ( Descending / Back and Forth Alternate Picking )


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This lick sounds like you are playing a wad of notes and it's mostly just the same three note pattern on three strings going down. The trick is that we are going to dance around inside of this pattern to make it sound spiff and shreddy. It's in the key of E but you can move this lick anywhere on the neck and make it in any key you like. One thing, try to use your pinky if you can but if you find it to funky, then you can use the first three fingers as this is not a pinky power lesson and we are at the 12th fret. Make sure to mute everything for at least one pass. After that, interpret the lick any way you want and go crazy!!



Here is the tablature. Go over it slowly, note by note. Then play it slowly as well. Don't try to "shred" it right away smile.gif

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(GUITAR: This is an MIJ "Golden Era" RG7620 7 String Ibby)
This lick makes a GREAT Alternate Picking drill and once you get it down, you can make it in to a great lick. Vary the speed and the mute/unmute, and make it your own. You can have a killer new bit for your bag of tricks!

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This is just a starting point, Once you play the lick as written at least once, feel free to modify it and do your own thing with it! Pick more/less, change the distance between fingers, try it at different points on the neck etc. Add this drill to your daily practice routine. Future you will thank you for it


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post Feb 26 2018, 06:48 PM
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Hey Sarge! So I have the honor of being the first one to try your new quick lick!!
Awesome!!

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Nice!!!! This is a complicated lick and so far it seems to have folks waiting to see if somebody is going to try it. Thankfully, the SPARTAN spirit is alive and well in our own warrior of Greece, HLIO!!! After attacking this Lick and nailing it, I gotta say I'm impressed. This lick is set way up on the 12th fret, which is something we don't normally do. Usually they are around the 5th fret. Things get tight up higher on the neck but that didn't get in your way at all. Very articulate playing, no string noise, tight hand synch, aggressive style, it's all there.

In short you just...

LEVELED UP!!!!!
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Hey Sarge! So I have the honor of being the first one to try your new quick lick!!
Awesome!!

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post Feb 27 2018, 06:59 AM
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laugh.gif The Spartan spirit of Greece!!! Great one biggrin.gif
Thanks Todd
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NAILED IT!!!! Yet again. Some very fine playing here. This lick is all about very small movements and very tight right/left hand synch. If your hand synch is off by even a small amount, this lick will show you where the trouble spots are. There is no gap of any kind in between the notes so each and every one has to be struck/fretted in the exact right spot at the exact right moment in order for the lick to move forward. If you miss a strike or a fret, it sticks out like a sore thumb and you get to start the lick over again. Not the case here, each note in it's place, each strike is spot on. In other words, you just....

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YES!! That's it. Good use of combining pull offs with picking. That's what this drill is all about. Sometimes, it's a better choice to use pull offs than to pick every single note. Sometimes not. But when it is appropriate, being able to pull it off is the first step. I'm a fan of using the first 3 fingers once I get to the 12th fret. However, it's important to be able to use the pinky as well, so I'd say try this lick using the pinky too. Also, put this and the other licks to use as soon as you can!! Get a backing track from youtube and see if you can integrate what you've learned in to your solos. After all, the entire point of learning any of this is to be able to pull it out of your bag of tricks when doing a solo. The more things you have to pick from in your bag of tricks, the less likely your solos will all sound the same. Of course, you want to have a certain amount of "you" in your solos so that people can recognize that it's you playing the guitar without needing to see your face. Just as one can hear Yngwie or Steve Vai and just know that's whose playing because of whats being played. So take all these licks, and make them your own. Once you get them down, feel free to mod them any way you like and start building on your lick vocabulary! For now you just...

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Here is my take Sarge.

Without the camera running I managed it a bit quicker but this is all I could manage with the REC button pressed huh.gif I had to look at the tab though, I kept on getting it mixed up sad.gif

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Nailed it!! This is a bit of a picking nightmare at first. Your playing it quite well and it sounds exactly right. You've got this lick down for sure. Try it using the "pick once hammer many" approach and it may get brisker/smoother, just pick now and then and rely on your left hand to play most of the rest with hammer ons / pull offs. It's just another way to play it that can also be fun. As for working on your picking, this is a great workout. See if you can keep bumping the metronome and also try it with as little picking as possible to see the difference. There is a LOT of repetition of notes in this one which can make it super tricky. This is one of the bits that I probably made way to hard but you nailed! Well done.

AS I mentioned in the BTW section..BTW:
This is just a starting point, Once you play the lick as written at least once, feel free to modify it and do your own thing with it! Pick more/less, change the distance between fingers, try it at different points on the neck etc. Add this drill to your daily practice routine. Future you will thank you for it.

So now that you have it, make it your own thing!
You just....
LEVELED UP
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Oct 19 2018, 04:09 PM) *
Here is my take Sarge.

Without the camera running I managed it a bit quicker but this is all I could manage with the REC button pressed huh.gif I had to look at the tab though, I kept on getting it mixed up sad.gif

https://youtu.be/yI5fC-Nn13g


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