PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE- MINUTE LICK

Pow­er­ful Pen­ta­ton­ics

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

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.

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