This week we’re looking at some Larry Carlton style licks. As a young guitarist, Larry was influenced by Jazz players such as Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, and Joe Pass. There’s some interesting things going on with each lick, so let’s analyse:
Played over G7, this lick centres on the root note (B string, 8th fret), but features the 13th (E) and a chromatic walk up to the 3rd (B), with a blues lick down the G7 arpeggio.
Also over G7, the first bar stresses the Mixolydian mode, using the flat 7th, 13th, and 5th notes, followed by a blues lick going up the major pentatonic (bar 2), and a tasty blues phrase from G minor Pentatonic (bar 3).
Here we change to Bb7 for a more Jazz inspired Mixolydian lick that moves up through the Bb and Ab major triads before moving up through the Mixolydian mode.
Back to G7 for a triplet-heavy lick based on the G major Pentatonic, which is the backbone of the G Mixolydian mode. Note how the shape is the same as an E minor position 1 Pentatonic.
As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!
Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!