Speed Up Your Soloing. Part III: Easy Multiple String Licks

author: beatrocker date: 09/23/2008 category: soloing

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In the previous lesson, I showed you some easy single string solo licks. In this lesson, we'll go a step higher and use at least two strings. Here's the first lick. It's a repeating lick that I use very often. It's played on the strings G and B. I play sixteenth notes. b=bending (1 step) h=hammer on p=pull off n=downstroke v=upstroke
  n  v     n  v     n  v     n  v
E-------------------------------------I
B----5h8p5----5h8p5----5h8p5----5h8p5-I
G-7b-------7b-------7b-------7b-------I
D-------------------------------------I
A-------------------------------------I
E-------------------------------------I
You can play this lick over two chords: Em or Am The next lick is a small descending E Minor Pentatonic sequence. It's played on the high E, B, G and D strings. As in the first lick, I play sixteenth notes, but the last note is a quarter note. I put vibrato on that note.
E-15p12h15p12----------------------------I
B-------------15p12h15p12----------------I
G-------------------------14p12h14p12----I
D-------------------------------------14-I
A----------------------------------------I
E----------------------------------------I
The next lick is uses the E Harmonic Minor scale. It uses a pedal point (a pedal point is a recurring note that's inserted within a melody line). The pedal point in this lick is the B at the 12th fret of the B string. Yngwie Malmsteen uses pedal points a lot. As in the previous lick, I play sixteenth notes, but the last note is a quarter note with vibrato. I use alternate picking here, so the melody on the G string is played with downstrokes and the pedal point is played with upstrokes.
E------------------------------------I
B---12----12----12----12---12---12---I
G-9----11----12----11----9----8----9-I
D------------------------------------I
A------------------------------------I
E------------------------------------I
That's it. In the next lesson, I'm going to show you some ascending and descending runs. I hope this lesson was helpful. Goodbye.
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