PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE- MINUTE LICK
Pentatonic scales often get a bad reputation because they are deemed cliché ridden, limited and predictable. However, with a little thought, they can produce diverse and interesting results. In this lick I have avoided ‘ standard’ pentatonic moves, and although the rhythm is all even eighth notes, the lick is interesting and attention grabbing. This is largely due to the wide intervals ( 5ths, octave, 6ths and 10ths) and also the way they have been connected with fretting- hand slides. You can hear similar ideas in the work of Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Carl Verheyen and other modern players. As you play through, use my suggested fretting- hand fingerings to begin with but feel free to change them if you find an approach that you prefer. I used hybrid picking – pick and second finger – but ‘ pick only’ or fingerstyle work equally well, so experiment and use whatever suits. As always, use this lick as a springboard to developing your own ideas.