phil hilborne’s one-minute lick
Intervallic minor Pentatonic lick
This month we have some ‘stretchy’ intervallic ideas from D minor Pentatonic with added 2nd/9th: D-E-F-G-A-C. It’s a repeating 16th-note sequence that starts with the notes you would usually play with your first finger in ‘shape 1’ of the scale, connected to the notes in that you would play at the beginning of shape 2. This yields a lot of 4th and 3rd interval skips, and various ‘doubled notes’, and is one of the reasons Steve Morse and Allan Holdsworth love the idea. You can play the entire lick using first and fourth fingers, but I’ve fingered it slightly differently. Experiment until you find something that works for you. Take care with the stretches and build up your technique over time. Have fun!