> Alternate Picking Scales To Sound Like Licks, Quick Licks #22 (Making Scales Sound like Licks)
Todd Simpson
post Apr 7 2018, 10:20 PM
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Alternate Picking Scales to Sound Like Licks



INTRO:

This lick is based on the MINOR SCALE. The point of this lick is to run the scale so that it sounds like something musical. Like an actual lick, and not just like you are running a scale through two octaves. Running a scale from top to bottom with no pause is a sure sign that your best days are yet to come as a player. Scales are just containers for notes. It's how we approach them that makes them sound musical. Bouncing around inside of them, pausing for vibrato to add emphasis on a given note, these are what make scales sound like music and not like just a hand workout. To wit!



Here is the tablature. Make sure you use VIBRATO where it's notated and HOLD the notes where it's indicated. If you need a reference, just watch the video again and play it just like that. Try not to use single finger vibrato on this one as it sounds way to small imho. Dig in and give it some real vibrato smile.gif This is a simple lick. Just a scale. There is a pinch of back and forth, and some holding and vibrato for emphasis. That's what makes the difference between just running scales and playing a solo smile.gif
As always, start SLOW, don't worry about playing this fast. Just focus on playing it CLEAN Speed is a byproduct of precision. Just like previous quick licks, this lick works as a warmup, practice and solo lick. Don't over stress on getting it just right, or fast enough. This is just about learning the lick. Once you have it you can start it anywhere on the neck to play it in any key.

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I kept the time signaure in 4/4 as switching to other time signatures seems to really throw folks off. Use your ear as a reference and listen to the original vid.


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This is being played against "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" which we also used in our Saturday Shred fest. The difference here is that I want you to try this actual lick. You can play it with or without the background track. As long as you play the hold and the vibrato. Should be a simple thing smile.gif It's this type of stuff that makes players in to lead players. Not just scale runners. You guys are more than ready!!

Here is the backing track.

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BTW:
If you've been waiting to jump in to Quick Licks, this is your chance!! Would love to hear from Bleez, Degroot, Fzalfa, Ben, yoncopin and the Spartan! All the usual suspects! Have not heard from many folks in quite some time. I hope they are still here on the site. If it's been a while for you, please do jump back in!

On a side note, Quick Licks #20 got a repost and shot to 1,000 views in a single day to super thanks for the repost!

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George Hlio
post Apr 8 2018, 12:19 AM
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My take Sarge!! Happy Eater!!! You have 1000s of views because it is totally awesome Sarge!!!!
GREAT!!! It actually inspired me to write a solo which I improvised over the first quick lick!! Hope you like it!!!


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Nice!!!! I must say, you are always first to fight soldier. You are just relentless. You are going to make one hell of a guitar player. This is a great example of using a lick in a solo context. You don't just run the scale, you use the vibrato and pauses to ad emphasis just like the lick is supposed to do. It's a rookie mistake to just run a scale up or down during a solo. I'm sure you hear folks doing it all the time on youtube. It's not hard to spot those folks. Not the case here. You are using the lick in a musical way and then improvising around it. It's exactly what I hoped to see. You are much further along in terms of playing lead than wads of other folks who have been at it much longer. Congrats you have just..

LEVELED UP!!!!

*And you are the ONLY Star of Honor holder for completing every Quick Licks. No other GMCer can claim that. Even ones that have been here for many years. Congrats.

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QUOTE (George Hlio @ Apr 7 2018, 07:19 PM) *
My take Sarge!! Happy Eater!!! You have 1000s of views because it is totally awesome Sarge!!!!
GREAT!!! It actually inspired me to write a solo which I improvised over the first quick lick!! Hope you like it!!!


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Very nice indeed!!! You took the lick, and made it your own and built it in to a solo. I honestly didn't hear a flub. IF there was one, it was a musical flub, which is fine in a solo. In a solo, if it sounds good, it is good. You made good use of the vibrato and of the stops to add note emphasis. Then you went to town using your own thing. I'm stoked to see you ripping it up and improving solos. Keep it up!!!! In other words you just...

[b]LEVELED UP!!!!!![/b]

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QUOTE (yoncopin @ Apr 8 2018, 05:49 PM) *
Flubbed a note at the end and threw off my mojo, but whatever smile.gif



This is exactly what I was looking for!! Very good solo!! The volume is a little quiet but as long as I can hear what you are playing volume is secondary. This is plenty good enough to get reviewed and LEVELED UP, but if you'd like to do another take, I"m all for it!!!! This one is quite good so please go forth and hit it again if you like!!!!


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QUOTE (fzalfa @ Apr 8 2018, 01:15 PM) *
Hi

i have done a quick shot, to test my setup, but i had issue with volume...

so i share even if the take in not perfect, i'll do another shot later



Cheers



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