Justin Bieber Licks

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to this special lesson inspired by Justin Bieber’s runs and phrasing.

    In this one you’ll find 5 fresh licks that I’ve created after playing along with his songs trying to emulate his singing style, and copying some of his phrases and runs. I’ve started this as an experiment but I’m totally amazed with the results. Most of the licks that I’ve got remind me to some of the greatest modern guitarists like John Mayer, Mateus Asato, Derek Trucks, Andy Timmons and even Jeff Beck. So this lesson is not only a “learn this licks” tutorial, it’s also an example of how inspiring it can be to emulate vocal melodies from different styles of music.

    The licks are in E minor key, so the scales used here are E minor (Aeolian) and E Pentatonic minor. The techniques covered here are bending, vibrato, alternate picking, sliding and legato.

    I've used Poulin plugins to create the guitar tone. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommended. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is LexTac and before it a tube screamer emulation. Check out the settings:

    I've also added Altiverb Reverb, and Cubase's mono delay.

    I used Cubase to record audio and midi, superior drummer for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Tuning: Standard 440

    Tempo: 100 BPM

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