INTERVALLIC STRETCH LICK
This month we have a lick that is pretty challenging and will give you a nice workout in fretting-hand stretch technique, accuracy and alternate picking. Plus, it sounds pretty cool too! The entire lick uses notes drawn from the Am Pentatonic scale with an added 9th (B): A-C-D-E-G-A-B. Notice that nearly all the intervals are 4ths – apart from theINvTeErRyVhAigLhICesSt part that uses major 3rds. You will also see that there are often ‘doubled’ notes found on both the first and second strings. This is one of the reasons that licks like this are worth learning. This ‘note doubling’ results in a very distinctive and ear-grabbing sound. It might help you to ‘lock’ your fretting hand in a stretch-like manner and just target the first note of each position shift. Obviously, as you get higher up the neck
become smaller and therefore easier – however, just as this happens the frets get a lot closer together and on some guitars the limited access can be pretty tough too.