PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE-MINUTE LICK

DANNY GATTON STYLE CHORDAL LICK

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

Here’s a Danny Gatton in­flu­enced idea that’s played around a stan­dard chord fin­ger­ing. The chord out­lined is a 5th po­si­tion A7 (A C# E G). How­ever, the notes D and F# are also briefly added to im­ply a typ­i­cal D-A7, or IV-I move. Licks like this have their ori­gins in jazz and blues Ham­mond or­gan phrases – this facet is par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent through the use of re­peat­ing pedal tone of A (on the fourth string) and also the fre­quent chro­matic ap­proaches – played here as slid­ing dou­ble-stops. Tech­nique-wise, pick and fin­gers or just plain fin­ger­style would be the best ap­proaches to use. Keep your tim­ing ‘tight’ and at­tack the strings fairly hard so that the notes sound per­cus­sive and ‘snappy’. Af­ter you have this mas­tered, see if you can de­velop licks of your own, around other chord types all over the neck.

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