PHIL HILBORNE’S ONE-MINUTE LICK
Minor Add9 Arpeggio Lick
This month’s lick uses notes from a D Minor add9 arpeggio - D-F-A-E. This sort of idea can be used in any style, although in jazz and blues it would probably be appropriate to ‘swing’ the phrasing. It’s surprising how much the addition of that one note can make. It turns a humble Minor arpeggio
into something a lot more interesting and sophisticated. Technically, there isn’t that much to worry about here – just make sure you follow the picking and palm muting indications and keep the timing as metrical as possible. As always, try to compose similar phrases of your own using the same concept. The same ideas will also work with Major add 9 arpeggios (1-3-5-9) and these are well worth spending time exploring.