phil hilborne’s one-minute lick
Swing Blues Lick
HERE’S A FOUR-BAR question and answer swing-blues phrase, built mainly from an A7 arpeggio: A-C#-E-G. There are also a couple of b3rd extra notes: the (C) and 9th (B). Picking-wise the first two bars have all the ‘up’ beats played with up-strokes and all the ‘down’ beats played as down-strokes. This makes it ‘feel’ better to play as the pick strokes correspond to the groove. The second two bars use sweep picking on a descending A7 arpeggio with the first note of each four-note group falling on a down-stroke. This sequence is great for re-use in rock, metal, country, jazz and fusion. The final bar’s F# and C are b7 the ‘targeted’ 3rd and of the next chord in the progression, the IV chord of D9.