Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 02-22-2011

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Whereas many shredders rely on common melodic shapes—particularly three-notes-per-string patterns—guys like John Petrucci and Steve Morse—two of the best alternate pickers on the planet—seem to be able to play anything anywhere on the neck, like this lick.

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This E Mixolydian-based (E-F#-G#-A-B-C#-D) line features a chromatic climb up the second string on each successive downbeat in the first measure, followed by a quasi-chromatic descent down to the root, E. Notice how there is not a single three-notes-per-string pattern in this lick, making it an excellent alternate picking exercise, as well as a useful shred phrase.

 

Lick of the Week 2-22-2011

 

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