TOP THREE LICKS
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).