There are four groups of fives in this lick. The first note of each group should fall exactly on the "click" (yes, practising this without the metronome is pretty much useless). Notice there's just one five note pattern which is repeated within the minor pentatonic scale box. 2. A legato pentuplet run:
e 8p5_____________________________________ b ____8p5___8p5___________________________ g ________7_____7p5___7p5_________________ d __________________7_____7p5___7p5_______ a ____________________________7_____7p5___ e ______________________________________8_
e _______________________________________ b _______________________________________ g ______________________________2h4p2h4h5 d ____________________2h4p2h4h5__________ a __________2h3p2h3h5____________________ e 2h3p2h3h5______________________________
Again, it's basicaly one pattern that gets repeated on every string. Try playing it descending as well. 3. Ever tried adding a tapped note to a sextuplet lick?
______________________________5h7p5h7h8 ____________________5h7p5h7h8__________ __________4h5p4h5h7____________________ 4h5p4h5h7______________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________
e 15p12p8h10h12p10p8_________________________________________________________ b ___________________15p12p8h10h12p10p8______________________________________ g ______________________________________14p12p9h11h12p11p9___________________ d _________________________________________________________14p12p9h10h12p10p9 a ___________________________________________________________________________ e ___________________________________________________________________________ t t t t
Seven notes per beat - one pattern. The faster you play it, the easier it gets - just focus on tapping the first note precisely on the beat. 4. Sweeping time! A six string septuplet minor arpeggio:
______________________ ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ 14p12p9h10h12p10p9____ __________________h12_ t
This one's meant to be played in the space of two beats. Again, it feels easier played fast. Give those licks a little of your practice time and you will soon discover that odd note groupings don't seem odd to you any longer. StanB is a rock guitar player, composer and guitar instructor. For more lessons & guitar related info check out his Free Guitar Lessons blog.
e __________________12_15p12_______________ b _______________12__________12____________ g ____________12________________12_________ d _________14______________________14______ a ______14____________________________14___ e 12h15__________________________________15 [---------7---------] [---------7---------]