> 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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You are getting the idea here smile.gif It sounds Musical!! I do notice that your vibrato does need some work. I'm suing a single finger vibrato technique in various places that requires one to move the entire hand rather than just the finger in order to get enough "wag" to give nice deep vibrato. Your vibrato here is a bit "shallow". It doesn't ring very wide as you are mostly using just the finger instead of the entire hand. Watch the video again at 1:17 and notice how my entire left hand wags back and forth a bit. This isn't going to keep you from leveling up here, as the goal is to make a scale sound musical and you did!! But it did stick out as something that needs work. Try to go back over this after watching the video and see if you can re create a wider vibrato like I'm doing at 1:17. Vibrato is what separates good players from great players imho!
Your work here is solid enough to get you .....
LEVELED UP!!!!!!
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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Oct 20 2019, 08:55 AM) *
You are getting the idea here smile.gif It sounds Musical!! I do notice that your vibrato does need some work. I'm suing a single finger vibrato technique in various places that requires one to move the entire hand rather than just the finger in order to get enough "wag" to give nice deep vibrato. Your vibrato here is a bit "shallow". It doesn't ring very wide as you are mostly using just the finger instead of the entire hand. Watch the video again at 1:17 and notice how my entire left hand wags back and forth a bit. This isn't going to keep you from leveling up here, as the goal is to make a scale sound musical and you did!! But it did stick out as something that needs work. Try to go back over this after watching the video and see if you can re create a wider vibrato like I'm doing at 1:17. Vibrato is what separates good players from great players imho!
Your work here is solid enough to get you .....
LEVELED UP!!!!!!
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I admit I did the yesterday's video in a hurry and late at night and I didn't want to bother anyone (too much), hence that performance was a bit lacking. I re-tried it today, though I got a Pass grade. I hope the vibrato (and other possible issues) aren't as bad in here smile.gif


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I must admit I do like this one better! You have much better tone and much better vibrato!! Thanks for taking a second look! It's worth it imho. WELL PLAYED!!!

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I admit I did the yesterday's video in a hurry and late at night and I didn't want to bother anyone (too much), hence that performance was a bit lacking. I re-tried it today, though I got a Pass grade. I hope the vibrato (and other possible issues) aren't as bad in here smile.gif

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