PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE-MINUTE LICK
This month’s lick illustrates two different ways to add chromatic or non-scale notes to your licks. The first of these, in bar 1, is triplet based and contains a mixture of bent and fretted notes to chromatically ascend the second string. Notice here how the first two notes with string bends are pretty tense against the chord – b5 (Eb) and b6 (F). These notes however are both speedily resolved to stronger, more stable notes – ie 5th (E) and 6th (F#). Bar 2 features a couple of held bends – a tone (G-A) followed by a semitone (F#-G). Take care to pitch both of these accurately. Bars 3 and 4 bars contain a short blues scale lick (R-b3-4-b5-5-b7) followed by a chromatic decent that sees the second instance of chromatics via first finger slides on the third string. Once, again there are a couple of tense passing notes here – the 7th (G#) and the b2/ b9 (Bb). These notes also quickly resolve to the target root note of A in bar 4, to become settled.