Hey now… Sometimes rippin’ guitar licks sound great even though
its not the most crazy patterns or crazy tempos.
I’ve seen many a “guitar god” solo made up from basic pentatonic licks
in very ordinary fretboard positions. You can certainly make some wailing
sounds in the root position pentatonic pattern. The keys are smooth
bends and vibrato, a good sense of rhythm and control, and boom –
you got some cool licks going on.
In Killer Guitar Control Secrets, I go
over these concepts (and more) in depth.
Oh and it also helps to have
efficient picking technique if you want to play fast licks. Check out this lick and
specifically pay attention the downstroke and upstroke