Quick Licks May 2010

May 1, 2010

http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/GP0510_Quick_Perfect_C-Blues_Ex.jpgPERFECT COUNTRY BLUES ENDING IN E In our ongoing tribute to Steve Trovato, we get this killer ending. I stole this from this month’s Reader’s Submission submitter, Rob Michael of the Atmos Trio, who got it from Trovato. As with a lot of these kinds of licks, arch your frettinghand fingers up good and high so you don’t inadvertently deaden the adjacent strings. In bar 1, use a 1st finger slide to go from G to G# on beat three and hammer the C# on the and of four. A hybrid, pick-andfingers approach works best, but this lick is possible with a flatpick or all fingers. For some reason I always like to slap the open low E with my thumb for extra twangitude.


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We detailed Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends” arpeggios in a previous Quick Licks installment, but you can apply the exact same moves to other string sets for all new sounds. Here we get a similar trip in the key of D and then B. The unisons created by the fretted and open strings create natural chorusing and the minor seconds in beat two are just plain delicious. The chords in bar 2—the IV and IVm—are straight out of the Beatles/Queen playbook. Yum!

http://www.guitarplayer.com/uploadedImages/guitarplayer/GP0510_Quick_Reader_Ex.jpgROB MICHAEL’S JAZZY MINOR BLUES

Here is a lick that works great on a minor blues turnaround. It’s kind of “out” sounding due to both rhythm and note choice. Play this on a swing, shuffle, or any triple meter tune. The rhythm is a four-note sequence that is played in triplets, resulting in a nice polyrhythm. The notes are an arpeggio pattern using the Ab13#9 chord form sequenced up in minor-3rd or three-fret intervals for the 1st measure. Move it down a half-step before ascending in minor 3rds in the 2nd measure and then end strategically on the 3rd of the final chord. Like all great licks, this sounds way harder to play than it is.

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