Eric Johnson lick and the hexatonic scale

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One thing I never hear people
talk about is hexatonic scales.
Usually we either deal with
pentatonics (5 notes), or diatonics
(7 notes), but hexatonics fall
right in the middle.

You can think of it as either a diatonic
minus 1 note, or a pentatonic with
1 extra note.

This particular hextaonic scale
that I’m showing here (minor
pentatonic plus the major 2nd)
has a cool sound and you can
create some “Eric Johnson”
sounding licks.

CHeck it out.

Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here from
and yes, I am feeling a little crazy today,
got my frog hat going and it’s all good though,
because today I want to show you this really cool lick.
I just kind of discovered it on the fretboard.
It’s got like an Eric Johnson tonality.
It goes like this.

What’s special about this lick and what
gives it that sound is that I’m using a
special scale, which is a hexatonic scale.
Hexatonic is six notes. Now, I’m sure you’ve
all heard of pentatonic scale, which is five notes.
If you haven’t, please check-out,
get up to speed on the basics.

This scale is like the G pentatonic scale,
but I’m adding the A note with it. So think
of your G pentatonic scale here on the 10th
fret of the A string. Just add in that A, six-note scale.
We’re going to be hitting this A here and here.

So the lick goes like this. You start off
on the 10th fret of the D string and then 10th
to 12th. Go to the G string again, 10th to 12th.
So your first four notes are like this.
Then you go up to your B string and you go 11th to 10th.
That’s where you’re hitting that A.
So you can emphasize that with a little
bit of vibrato. Then you just go back down.

When you get back down to your D you can use
sweep picking to hit your G string again.
So you have this. And then, again, you can
hit that low A coming down. So real slow.

Check the tabs and I just want to mention
that hexatonics, there are different ones.
A real common one is the southern rock scale.
So, for example, if you’re in A pentatonic here,
you can add-in the 4th. So you have that 4th.

In this case, we’re not adding the 4th,
we’re adding the 2nd. In both cases it’s
like almost like a major/minor scale, but
with one fewer note. Or you can think of it as
a pentatonic adding a note. I hope that made sense to you.
If you need more information on kind of all
the scales and how they connect, check out
Killer Guitar Control Secrets at
and I’ll decode a lot of stuff for you,
including major versus minor pentatonics
and all that cool stuff.

Anyway, this is just a cool lick and
I hope you enjoyed it. Again, get the
link to get the tabs and I will see you
next time. Rock on.