PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE-MINUTE LICK
Descending Pentatonic Dominant Lick
Here’s a nifty phrase that incorporates the ‘Dominant Pentatonic’ scale (aka the ‘Indian Pentatonic’). This scale is simply a Minor Pentatonic that’s had the minor 3rd replaced by the major 3rd. So in the key of D, the notes are D F# G A C. You could also see this set of notes as being a D7/11 arpeggio, or D Mixolydian with the 2nd and 6th intervals omitted. The lick starts off with a 10-note sequence played in 16ths, then imitated exactly on the next pair of strings. This repeating odd-note grouping displaces the rhythm causes the sequences to end up at the last 16th note – beat 1 of bar 2. The section from beat 2, bar 2 involves rapidly playing 4th and 3rd intervals quickly across the fourth and third strings. Watch the timing, as it’s easy to rush when you switch from linear to intervallic phrases or vice versa. Similar ideas to this can be heard from Jeff Beck, Jan Hammer and Dream Theater. After playing my lick, work on similar phrases of your own.