101 Licks – Licks 5-8 (Rock)


Here’s a quick break down for each of this week’s licks:

Lick 5: Jimmy Page/Slash Style

Probably one of the most beloved rock licks ever. We’ve noted Slash and Jimmy Page’s use of it, but see if you can hear it in other people’s playing. I used alternate picking but some players prefer to play the first three notes using all downstrokes. Try both and see which one feels more natural.

Lick 6: Lynyrd Skynyrd Style

This has been played by many guitar players. Lynyrd Skynyrd used it in the Free Bird solo, Iron Maiden put it everywhere and Nuno Bettencourt used it in Get The Funk Out. To do as Nuno, use the blues scale instead of the Minor Pentatonic and play the 11th fret on the third string instead of the 10th fret.

Lick 7: Jimi Hendrix/Joe Walsh Style

A great lick in the style of Jimi and Joe. Bend the 11th fret on the second string using your third finger. Whilst still bending, catch the third string with your second finger (giving a pre bend at the 10th fret) and let it down. This should sound like a bend that goes up followed by another that goes down (release).

Lick 8: Jimmy Page Style

Wide bends are a trademark of Blues and Rock but not many people use them frequently, most likely for the lack of confidence with such a physical technique. Make sure the motion for any bend comes from the wrist without any movement coming from the fingers.

Below the YouTube video you’ll find the tablature, and please feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments.

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101 Licks - Lick 5-8 (Rock)

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