phil hilborne’s one-minute lick
Cool Country Lick
This Country Styled lick is short but sweet, making it great for use either as a song ending or as part of a solo. it’s based on a mixture of ideas
(A-c-d-eb-e-G-A) drawn from A Blues scale and A Major Pentatonic (A-B-c#e-F#-A). This sort of scale combination is often referred to as a ‘hybrid’ or
‘mixed’ scale idea. Fingerstyle imparts a ‘snappy-ness’ to proceedings, but it will also work fine using pick or pick and fingers. The held bent triplestop at the end of the lick is a county cliché where the 2nd (B) is bent up to the 3rd (c#) against a sustained root and 5th (A and e). Apply a smidgeon of vibrato to it – if any at all. For further inspiration listen to players such as Albert lee, danny Gatton, Brent Mason and Greg Koch. As always, don’t forget to invent similar licks of your own!