phil hilborne’s one-minute lick
THIS LICK illustrates a couple of tasty ideas. The first bar features the notes of an Em9 arpeggio (E-G-B-F-F#) played as straight 16th notes but grouped as three cells, each containing five notes - ending on a final B. Odd groupings like these ‘5s’ sound less predictable than licks grouped in 3s or 4s. The second bar is a descending and ascending phrase involving sweep picking and legato that ends up on the 9th (F#). Licks like this can be heard a lot in jazz and fusion styles. Another way of looking at m9 arpeggios is that is they are the same note-wise as a regular Minor Pentatonic, only with a 2nd/9th added and the 4th removed. As always, after playing through this phrase, do come up with similar ideas of your own.