30 Savage Rock Licks You Must Know

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Jeffery Marshall

30 Savage Rock Licks You Must Know is a collection of 30 fast and shred based licks that fit easily into many rock genres. The licks span sub-genre's of rock from plus to metal and feature techniques like sweeping and hybrid picking to produce blazing fast speeds.

31 Lessons

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You'll learn 30 unique licks in the rock genre. From blues and swamp rock to blazing-fast metal, there's something here for everyone.


30 Savage Rock Licks You Must Know Introduction

Jeffery Marshall returns to JamPlay to offer up a set of rock vocabulary sure to impress your friends. Using the backing tracks from his courses Next Level Pentatonics, as well as his Modern Blues and Rock genre study, these licks add practical vocabulary to those teachings.

5:23 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Rock Repeats

To get things started, Jeff offers up a repeating shreddy pentatonic lick.

3:54 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Bluesy Shred

This lick is more complex and uses a "quasi" blues scale sequence to get its point across.

5:50 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Pentatonic Shred

Lick 3 shreds on another Pentatonic scale.

5:03 Runtime

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Hybrid Sidestepping

Lick 5 is a sidestepping shred lick using the hybrid picking technique

7:52 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Stacked Arpeggios

Lick 5 is a sweeping arpeggio lick using several arpeggio shapes.

7:07 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Stacks of 5

Using the concept from the previous lick, Jeff offers up some vocabulary with stacked arpeggios, this time in groups of five.

7:49 Runtime

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Altered Pentatonic Shred

This shred lick uses a flat 5 minor pentatonic altered sound to blow your face apart.

6:29 Runtime

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Hybrid Shred

Lick 8 is another shred lick using the Hybrid Picking technique.

6:20 Runtime

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Bluesy 5's

This lick uses the minor blues scale and a healthy dose of alternate picking to blow up the blues.

5:50 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Dorian Madness

Lick 10 in E Dorian is a descending scaler lick that shows off its parent mode.

6:05 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Triad 5's

This lick is a descending triad lick in G Lydian that uses groupings of five.

5:21 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Pedal Tone Side Stepping

Lick 12 is another sidestepping lick that also uses a pedal tone.

4:31 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Blues Scale Sweeping

In this lick, you'll use the sweep technique along with the blues scale to create a bluesy rock vibe.

5:08 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Diminished Returns

This blazing lick incorporates string skipping along with the diminished scale.

5:56 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Super Mario

Lick 15 is a triangular ascent across the fretboard using groupings of five.

4:59 Runtime

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D Mixolydian Swamp Rock Part 1

Lick 16 is part 1 of a swamp rock-inspired lick in D Mixolydian.

5:32 Runtime

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D Mixolydian Swamp Rock Part 2

Let's pick up where we left off with lick 16 and learn part 2 of the whole part.

5:56 Runtime

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D Mixolydian Swamp Rock Part 3

Now let's learn the final part of this Swamp Rock lick and put it all together.

5:37 Runtime

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Liquid Legato

Lick 19 is a blazing melodic lick utilizing the left-hand legato technique.

5:46 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Triad Sequence

Next up is a sequence-based lick using triads.

6:10 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Cm Sequence

Lick 21 is another group of four sequence-based licks, this time in C minor.

5:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Clean Your Cell

This lick uses a 1-3-2 cell in the key of C minor to produce a bit of a falling down effect.

5:12 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Linear Intervals

Lick 23 uses wide interval spacing in the key of E Dorian.

5:44 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mixolydian Triad Pairs

Here's another triad pair lick using the Mixolydian mode.

5:26 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Lukather

The Lukather is part blues, part chromatic, and all cool.

6:08 Runtime

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String Skipping

The name is all you need for lick 26! Jeff offers up a string skipping lick that utilizes groups of 5.

6:45 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


E Dorian #4

Here's another lick in the E Dorian mode.

6:50 Runtime

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Pent Up Pentatonics

Channel your inner 80's metal head with this pentatonic riff-based lick.

6:53 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Slip Sliding Pentatonics

Like 29 is an E minor pentatonic tonality wrapped around an E Dorian track, to really create an outside mood.

5:08 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


String Skipping 7’s

To round out this lick pack, Jeffery offers up a string skipping lick in groups of 7.

6:58 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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  • PrettyPlace, Michigan
  • Playing since 1981
  • 152 lessons at JamPlay

Jeffery has been a staple of the L.A. music scene for more than 30 years. Jeffery left his humble upbringings in Northern Michigan to attend Hollywood's own Musicians Institute in 1989. Upon graduating, he quickly immersed himself in the local music scene playing in a variety of bands, one of which included the band Hardware featuring Tod Howarth of Frehley's Comet, Ted Nugent, and Cheap Trick fame. In 1994 Jeff relocated to Dallas, Texas where he teamed up with alt rockers The Judas Engine and recorded guitars on their self-titled debut Rainmaker Records release. In the late 90's Jeffery relocated to Southern Ohio playing in various local acts where he further honed his craft as a reputable Blues/Rock guitarist. In the early 2000's Jeffery returned to the Los Angeles area and toured with a variety of national acts, which included Lisa Hayes and the Violets, and Pop/Country artist Ashley Jay. About this time is when he met Paul Vallis, the founder of UK's very own Bleeding Harp. Jeffery co-authored and produced Bleeding Harp's debut CD "Gotta Have", released in 2004. Bleeding Harp quickly rose through the ranks of the L.A. Blues scene, regularly playing venues such as Harvelle's, The Blue Cafe, The Coach House and the Catalina Island Blues Festival. In and about 2004 is when Jeffery met Country artist Rick Monroe. The two quickly hit it off as writing partners and Monroe's "Against the Grain" is a result of this pairing. Jeffery moved to Nashville and toured with Rick for a number of years, both in the U.S. and abroad. Rick's video of his Allman Brother's remake "Midnight Rider", which featured Jeffery on guitar and background vocals, was on regular rotation on country music's CMT. The group opened for a number of well-established acts including Dwight Yokum, Montgomery Gentry, and Kenny Wayne Shephard, to name a few.

In 2006 Jeffery returned to L.A. and began teaching at the world-renowned Musicians Institute, Guitar Institute of Technology where he currently resides as a full-time instructor. Jeffery teaches a variety of core classes including Single String Improv, Rhythm Guitar, Guitar Studio Skills, Rhythm Section Workshop, as well as private lessons. He has also written articles and created instructional YouTube videos for Guitar World Magazine. Jeff can be seen playing with guitar phenom Jeff Kollman in his solo group The Jeff Kollman Band and jazz/metal fusion band Cosmosquad at the world famous Baked Potato. He also plays lead guitar for season 4 of "The Voice" contestant Michael Austin in Michael Austin and the Law, which regularly performs at Gilley's Saloon in Las Vegas.
Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 26 ratings

Just by saying that he was moving from one 'box' to another was great for understanding what was happening in this lick.


You can get a lot of mileage by dividing, & looping sections of this lesson.