Example6(seeGT225/6forExamples1-5) basic lick
This example is based on D Mixolydian (D E F# G A B C) and all the following playing stays within this tonality as well. The licks begin with a fragment of a fairly common descending sequence. Make sure you choose a fingering that works for you and stick with it (if you’re stuck, watch Allen’s fingers for ideas). Notice that a slight change of position is built into this lick, just before the jump from the third string to the first. Make sure the timing of the quavers (8th notes) is even throughout, even when there’s further space between two notes, as is the case when skipping strings. So, once you have the basic lick down, try expanding on it, playing it in different parts of the scale and ‘echoing’ it in various ways around the neck.