phil hilBorne’s one-minute licK
Sequenced arpeggio tapping lick
This month’s lick is a sequenced arpeggio idea loved by Greg Howe. It sounds cool and works great! It’s based on a descending and ascending tapped triplet pattern using notes from an A major arpeggio (A-C#-E). It’s challenging to play, especially cleanly and fast. Handling noise and fretting-hand hammerons that are not loud enough are key areas to watch. To combat handling noise you can use a fret-wrap or hair tie around the 1st fret; but if you play accurately and mute offending strings the result will be worth it. After playing through it as written, work on ideas of your own using different types of arpeggio in a similar manner, then apply these ideas to various chord progressions. It’s a fun challenge!