Fast Flashy Lick

Hey, guys. Claude Johnson here and in today’s
guitar lesson I want to show you a lick that’s
fast and flashy, but you actually don’t need a
lot of chops to play it. I hope you’ll enjoy it
and let’s just go right into it. Here’s the lick.
Once again.

So we’re in the key of C minor pentatonic and
we’re going to be using a little rock cliche to
start off the lick and the the blue note, which
I’m going to show you as well. The first thing
I’m doing is this, which is very similar to this
classic lick, except we’re not going to do that
last bend. We’re just going to stay right there.
So what I’m doing here is 10th fret on the G string
and full step bend. Then, we’re going to go to the
B and E strings on the 8th fret. We go B, E, B. Get
those four notes down first. And then finally, the
11th fret of the B string. We can use a little
vibrato there.

The next part of our lick is using the blue note
and in the key of C. It’s right there on the 11th
fret of the G string. I talked a lot about the blue
note and different ways to use it inside my course
“Killer Guitar Control Secrets”. So if you don’t
have that course, please go pick it up, because
it’s really — it’s got a lot of good stuff in it.

I don’t think I showed this exact lick and what I’m
doing here is something like this. It’s kind of like
what I call a poor man’s shred lick because it’s fast
and flashy but you don’t need a lot of chops to do it.
It’s a four-note repeating lick. We’re using downstroke,
downstroke and then hammer-on/pull-off. So 11th fret on
the G string with a downstroke; 8th fret on the B string
with a downstroke; and then hammer-on to the 11th fret
and back. So it’s down, down, hammer-on, pull-off, down,
down, hammer-on, pull-off. Now, I like to use my ring
finger because — I guess you could use your pinkie,
but it’s a little bit harder.

The next part of the lick we’re doing the same thing but
down here. Sixth fret to 7th fret on the B string and the
8th fret, but the picking and hammer-ons/pull-offs are
the same. You could do this different ways, like with an
up-stroke. Whatever feels most comfortable to you.

Now, the tricky part about this lick is that it will shift.
So we’re hitting — we do this like four times and then as
soon as we hit this blue note, we’ve got to switch and go
here on the B string, 6th fret.

Now finally, we end the lick down here on the 5th fret of
the G string.

So put all those parts together and practice it and you
can make your own licks from different parts of this.
For example, just this little. It just works great if
you’re in the pentatonic scale. Something like that.

Have fun and looking forward to giving you some more
lessons, as always. Thanks for being here and thanks
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