Rock, Pop and genres bent from it are punctuated by signature licks, riffs and rhythmic ideas. William Roberts dissects these sounds and ideas and parleys them into this vocabulary pack. Drop these licks and riffs directly into your lead playing, or use them as an inspirational platform on which to create your own.
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William Roberts breaks down 30 must know licks and riffs from the Rock and Pop genres.
Do you have a couple basic diatonic and pentatonic scales under your fingers but don't really know how to use them? This lick course is designed to take your scale knowledge and apply it practically to melodic lick and riff concepts. Join William Roberts as he breaks down 30 rock and pop licks designed to break you through scaler playing.
To start off, William offers up a minor pentatonic sounding lick in the Blues or Classic Rock genre.
This lick uses a descending scale sound and is based off of the lick you learned in the previous lesson.
This is minor pentatonic meats Dorian sounding lick in the style of Chuck Berry.
You're still using that Dorian sound from the previous lick, but now in the style of Angus Young.
Lick 5 uses the pentatonic scales to groove on a Stevie Ray Vaughn inspired lick.
In lick six you'll be using a major pentatonic sound in the BB King box.
In lick seven, you'll take the ideas from the previous lick and modernize it a bit in the style of John Mayer.
In this lick, you'll be moving into more of a rhythm and riff based sound, emulating double stops in the style of Jimi Hendrix.
We're still playing around with rhythm based riffs on this one. Using the guitar's upper register we create a lead like sound that is distinctively rhythmic.
Now let's take a look at double stop riffs in a minor tonality.
Lick 11 has more double stops flying at you! This one has both a rhythm and melodic elements to simulate a lead part.
Let's switch things up for lick 12. In this one, you'll emulate the sound and feel of using a slide.
In this lick you'll remain in a major pentatonic modality in a slide type fashion.
Lick 14 is based in a major pentatonic sound that incorporates many of the techniques from the previous licks.
This lick is another country style lick that will emulate the pedal steel guitar.
This E minor lick is blues oriented and is based in the E minor Pentatonic tonality.
Lick 17 is in the style of modern garage rock bands like The White Stripes.
This lick is based around William Robert's favorite interval, the sixth.
William is once again playing with sixths. This lick will extend the intervals to create a bit more movement.
This C minor lick has an ascending arpeggios with a descending scaler motion, in the style of Eric Johnson.
Lick 21 uses octave shapes that re decidedly Jimi Hendrix-esque.
Using the octave ideas from the previous lick, William demonstrates how to modernize the sound.
Lick 23 is a scaler motion lick centered in the key of F minor.
In this lick you'll learn a basic tapping pattern in the style of Eddie Van Halen.
Lick 25 will continue to work tapping into your repertoire. This one expands the pattern slightly.
This lick has a combination of runs and chords in the same passage.
Like the previous lick, you'll be playing through a series of chords. On this one you'll be adding some fills.
Lick 28 continues the idea of playing through changes. This lick encompasses more melodic phrasing.
Lick 29 is designed to get you more comfortable with hammer-ons and pull-offs using the pentatonic pattern.
For the last lick in this series, you'll use hammer-ons and pull-offs to blaze a lick on a single string.
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