Guitar Licks - Page 1

Lick 1

Lick 1 - guitar tablature

The lick begins with a classic rock phrasing consisting of the trill of two pentatonic notes (at the 8th and 5th fret), and the full bend.

Some of the five notes that follow I play as artificial harmonics (A.H.). All five artificial harmonics also sound well here.

At the end I slide the finger towards the guitar head.

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Lick 2

Lick 2 - guitar tablature

The power chord at the end I play in this way:

  • I pick the open 5th string, and the 4th one at the 5th fret simultaneously.
  • After that I immediately glide the finger from the 5th to the 2nd fret, dive and return the whammy bar, and perform some dips with it.

Lick 3

Lick 3 - guitar tablature

This guitar lick perfectly fits into an ending of a rock song.

Performing Nuances:

after I played the 3-note sequence four times from the beginning, I stroke the note at the 5th fret, immediately slide the finger to the 7th fret, and vibrate the string for a short period of time.

Next I dip the vibrato arm and instantly slide the finger towards the guitar head.

After the unison bend in the beginning of the second line, I place my picking hand on all the strings before the fretting hand - it helps to avoid the undesirable noise while I use only the hammer on and pull off technique to descend to the 6th string.

At the end of the descending I slide the fretting finger somewhere towards the guitar bridge and back, finishing up the lick with the A5 power chord.

Lick 4

Lick 4 - guitar tablature

This lick is quite easy to play quickly for a beginner because only the first notes on each string are stroked with the plectrum and the rest are played using only the hammer ons and pull offs.

It's much easier to gain control and speed over just one hand, while speedy synchronization of both hands can take a lot of time to master.

Lick 5

Lick 5 - guitar tablature

Performing the lick:

  • I start off with the full bend at the 7th fret on the 3rd string.
  • While the bent string rings I tap it with the finger on the picking hand at the 12th fret, (because the string is bent it really sounds as the note located at the 14th fret)
  • Next I pull off the string to the 7th fret, unbend the string, and make the pull of to the 5th fret.

I continue playing the same figure with the hammer on to the 7th fret, bending, tapping, pull off, unbending, pull off, and etc... some number of times.

When I feel like ending the lick, I go repeating the pattern until the place where I unbend the string at the 7th fret, and this time do it very slowly while at the same time quickly tapping the string at the 12th fret with the picking hand finger.

It creates a trill that gradually reduces its pitch.

At the very end I pull off to the 5th fret, let the string ring while vibrating it.