phil hilborne’s one-minute lick

Cool Coun­try Lick

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

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!

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