Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 68

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LESSON #68 - From Drills to Actual Licks

In this lesson, we are going to build a Guita Solo and play it against a backing. So essentially we are going to chain sets of licks/chops together in as musical a way as possible. Before we get in to it, let’s warm up a bit and get our fingers ready to rip! - FINGER YOGA!
Let’s do our usual Finger Yoga stretches. Here is a link to the video for references.


Let’s do a bit o prep for our first lick by doing some “Palm Muted Hammer On’s” This type of lick just takes a little practice. Once you have it down, it comes in very handy for building a cool solo. The Palm muting creates a percussive sound and takes the place of the pick stroke. Here is our first tablature.


Now that we have the pattern down. Let’s play it with a metronome to make sure we can play it consistently and work up some speed and move it around the neck.
Now let’s take that same idea and turn it in to an actual lick that conforms to a scale structure. Let’s use an E Minor Shape at the 12th Fret. Use our Three Note Per String "Shred" Version of the E Minor Scale. Strike the open string, then fret the notes we typically use for our three note per string Minor Scale. You'll notice there is no tablature for this. That's the challenge of this bit.