Speed Up Your Soloing. Part II: Easy Single String Licks

Welcome back to "Speed up your Soloing"! In this lesson, I'm going to show you some easy Single String licks that you can use in your solos. The licks are all played on the high E String and all of them are in the Key of E Minor.

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In the previous lesson, I showed you some warm up and synchronisation excer- cises that help you to improve the coorperation of your hands. You should do those excercises at the beginning of every practice. When you have done that for 5-10 minutes, you can continue with the next couple of practice stuff. The first lick is a pull-off lick played in Triplets. The structure is very easy: You pick one note on the string, then pull of to the note under that note (in the scale) and then pull off to the open E string.
p=pull off

  Em

E-3p2p0-3p2p0-3p2p0-5p3p0-I-7p5p0-7p5p0-7p5p0-5p3p0-I
B-------------------------I-------------------------I
G-------------------------I-------------------------I
D-------------------------I-------------------------I
A-------------------------I-------------------------I
E-------------------------I-------------------------I
A variation of this lick, played over an Am Chord:
  Am

E-8p5p0-8p5p0-8p5p0-10p7p0-I-12p8p0-12p8p0-12p8p0-10p7p0-I
B--------------------------I-----------------------------I
G--------------------------I-----------------------------I
D--------------------------I-----------------------------I
A--------------------------I-----------------------------I
E--------------------------I-----------------------------I
The second lick is played over an Am chord, but it's still in E minor. But you can also use it in the key of A minor. The next lick is completely picked. It's an ascending E minor sequence and similar to the first lick. Here I play sixteenth notes.
E-3-2-0-0-5-3-0-0-7-5-0-0-8-7-0-0-I-10-8-0-0-12-10-0-0-14-12-0-0-15-14-0-0-I
B---------------------------------I----------------------------------------I
G---------------------------------I----------------------------------------I
D---------------------------------I----------------------------------------I
A---------------------------------I----------------------------------------I
E---------------------------------I----------------------------------------I
Important: use alternate picking! The next lick is one of my favourite licks. It's a repeating lick with hammer ons and pull offs. I use it very often. It's also played in sixteenth notes.
h=hammer on    P=pull off

E-15p12h14p12h15p12h14p12h15p12h14p12h15p12h14p12-I
B-------------------------------------------------I
G-------------------------------------------------I
D-------------------------------------------------I
A-------------------------------------------------I
E-------------------------------------------------I
That's it. I think you will learn the licks very easily. The next lesson will be about easy multiple string licks. I hope this lesson was helpful. Goodbye.

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    Xxyousif343xX
    i think this is an angus young signature lick a lot of his solos r like that. he almost always uses h an p.
    GibsonGeorge
    I'm at my grandma's place over christmas, and the only guitar around here is an old acoustic which has lost all strings except for the B string. These licks are perfect for my to practise on right now! Thanks!
    Veroth
    good but you could have put some licks like e]19p17p15p0-19-17-15-17p15p13p0-17-15-13 you know some stuff with hammer-ons and pull-offs along with picked segments. really good otherwise.
    jooles
    yay! first comment ^_^ anyways, great job beatrocker, keep it up