phil hil­borne’s one-minute lick

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

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.

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