PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE-MINUTE LICK AE­O­LIAN AR­PEG­GIO LICK

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

This month’s lick is an ear-grab­bing de­scend­ing ar­peg­gio phrase in which a ba­sic shape is played by the fret­ting hand and then moved di­a­ton­i­cally down the neck - in this case a 1-5-1 D5 ar­peg­gio (D-A-D). This ar­peg­gio form is then kept as in­tact as pos­si­ble as it trav­els down the fret­board, although you can see that at one point - from the F note - the shape has to change slightly to con­form to this note’s pres­ence in the scale - but for­tu­nately this is very easy to deal with. The scale use through­out is A Ae­o­lian (A-B-C-D-E-F-G). Small down­ward sweeps across the top three strings or hy­brid pick­ing would be ap­pro­pri­ate to use here. This kind of lick can be heard in the play­ing of Steve Vai, Blues Sara­ceno and Steve Stevens. As al­ways, try to come up with sim­i­lar phrases of your own in­ven­tion - both de­scend­ing and de­scend­ing, in dif­fer­ent keys, us­ing dif­fer­ent in­ter­vals and as many rhyth­mic vari­a­tions as you can muster.

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