phil hilborne’s one-minute licK
SLIDES, VIBRATO, TOUCH and dynamics can make a lick sounding classy – or not. This lick concentrates on small but effective ‘mini sweeps’ - short pick-sweeps played across two to four strings that are either percussive, melodic or both. These three-string sweeps use notes from A Major (A-C#-E) - with a little palm muting adding note separation and percussiveness. The sweeps all fall on off-beats, so you might need to take extra care with this aspect. As usual, experiment with similar ideas of your own. If you want more inspiration listen to David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan or the myriad of other players who regularly use these small-butpotent mini-sweeps in their playing.