Speed Up Your Soloing. Vol 2: Part I - Open String Legato Phrases

author: beatrocker date: 10/15/2009 category: guitar techniques

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Hi, and welcome to the first lesson of "Speed Up Your Soloing - Volume II". As you can read in the description, these lessons will be more advanced than the first four lessons of "Speed Up Your Soloing". In this lesson, I show you some interesting Legato phrases including open strings. I do licks like these very often. They're fun to play, and it's easy to play them fast. The first lick is a very easy one. It's a single string lick, so you can do it on any string. I'm doing it on the high E string. Because it's sometimes hard to read long legato licks, I wrote the numbers of the frets under the tabs as an addition (it's not the fingering). h = hammer on p = pull of
E-7p0h5p0h7p0h8p0h7p0h5p0h3p0h5p0-I
  7 0 5 0 7 0 8 0 7 0 5 0 3 0 5 0
The next phrase is a single string scale run. I also play it on the high E string. Again I wrote the fret numbers under it.
E-2h3p2p0h3h5p3p0h5h7p5p0h7h8p7p0h8h10p8p0h10h12p10p0h12h14p12p0h14h15p14p0-I
  2 3 2 0 3 5 3 0 5 7 5 0 7 8 7 0 8 10 8 0 10 12 10 0 12 14 12 0 14 15 14 0
But you can also do it using other scales - for example Phrygian-Dominant:
E-1h4p1p0h4h5p4p0h5h7p5p0h7h8p7p0h8h10p8p0h10h12p10p0h12h13p12p0h13h16p13p0-I
  1 4 1 0 4 5 4 0 5 7 5 0 7 8 7 0 8 10 8 0 10 12 10 0 12 13 12 0 13 16 13 0
These licks were ascending scale runs. Another interesting thing is to combine ideas of licks, for example take the basic idea of the first lick - playing a melody like alternating with the open string - and combine them with a scale run. This time it will be a descending E Phrygian-Dominant run.
E-16p0h17p0h13p0h16p0h12p0h13p0h10p0h12p0h8p0h10p0h7p0h8p0h5p0h7p0h4p0h5p0-I
  16 0 17 0 13 0 16 0 12 0 13 0 10 0 12 0 8 0 10 0 7 0 8 0 5 0 7 0 4 0 5 0
The last one is a very short arpeggio part from my song "Trusting a liar". It often repeats during the song. It's an A minor arpeggio followed by an E Major arpeggio.
E-8p5p0h8p5p0h8p5p0h8p5p0h7p4p0h7p4p0h7p4p0h7p4p0-I
  8 5 0 8 5 0 8 5 0 8 5 0 7 4 0 7 4 0 7 4 0 7 4 0
OK, that's it for now. I hope this lesson is helpful to you. If you have any questions, just message me. The next lesson will be about Economy Picking. See you then. Bye.
More beatrocker lessons:
+ Speed Up Your Soloing. Vol 2: Part II - Economy Picking Guitar Techniques 10/19/2009
+ Speed Up Your Soloing. Part IV - Speed-Building Runs For Beginners 01/21/2009
+ Speed Up Your Soloing. Part III: Easy Multiple String Licks Soloing 09/23/2008
+ Speed Up Your Soloing. Part II: Easy Single String Licks Soloing 09/23/2008
+ Speed Up Your Soloing. Part I: Warm Up And Synchronisation Excercises Soloing 09/23/2008
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