Cool Licks 2: Highlighting Chord Tones In E Major

This lick will get you highlighting chord tones as opposed to just playing through a scale. Check this out and try to play along!

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This lick is a line I made up to fit over a progression of E - A - E - E (one measure for each chord listed). Without going too much into the theory here, what I will say is that it highlights the chord tones over each chord, which is what makes most guitar licks or riffs sound appealing to our ears. Check out the video below, and the tablature directly underneath. The picking pattern is not discussed in the video - if you need help with that, check out the symbols above the tablature to figure out how to use the recommended picking pattern. The backing track can be downloaded from my website listed below under the 'Free Resources' section. Try practicing the lick over this backing track if you can get it up to speed, or if you're in the mood to improvise, use the key of E major to make up your own licks.
Jason Wilford teaches guitar lessons in Mississauga, (Canada) Check out the Pro Guitar Studio website for more free resources, and to sign up for a free newsletter with tips for guitarists at any level.

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    RyanIbanezMan
    Jason Wilford teaches guitar lessons in Mississauga, (Canada)
    I read that as "Meshuggah, Canada".
    gypsyblues7373
    Cool lick. Is that the H/S/S Hwy one? I have the sunburst one, very sweet inexpensive American Strats, although I dumped a bit more money into it and changed all the pups (Dimarzio Norton, Area '67, and Heavy Blues 2) and put a Super Vee Bladerunner bridge in it, and now it wails like a cat in a hurricane!