TOP THREE LICKS

Guitar Techniques - - VIDEO MASTERCLASS | ALLEN HINDS PT1 -

Lick 1 Bar 34 – Four note-re­peat­ing lick

This bluesy Pen­ta­tonic idea is one that Allen is fond of and uses a re­peat­ing group of four semi­qua­vers (16th notes). As there are three semi­qua­vers per beat here, the start of the pat­tern shifts around within the bar and this su­per­im­poses a cool syn­co­pated feel. This style of idea can be re­peated for as long as you wish.

Lick 2 Bars 50-53 – Triad arpeg­gios

To nav­i­gate this sec­tion Allen uses triad arpeg­gios of F, G and A. The arpeg­gios are con­ve­niently fin­gered on the top three strings and sound most ef­fec­tive. As­cend­ing from G to A and then a higher in­ver­sion of F ma­jor re­ally builds the ex­cite­ment.

Lick 3 Bar 54 – Al­tered scale lick

Ab7b5 Bar 54 fea­tures the ‘half di­min­ished’ chord which is a tri­tone sub­sti­tu­tion for D7. For this su­per cool sound­ing lick Allen uses the D Al­tered scale (see scale box), which is

Eb Eb- Gb-Ab-Bb- mode 7 of Melodic Mi­nor (D- F- C).

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