1 minute mastery


Some of these licks are going to take more than one minute to master.  The point of them, though, is to give you a quick resource for fresh ideas that will not only stretch your abilities but expand your vocabulary as well.  They can of course be used as exercises and if practiced diligently will up your soloing abilities immensely.  I promise to always keep them musical and fun.

Lick 1 - Chromatic Madness
Lick 1 - Chromatic Madness
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This lick drapes nicely over an E Dorian progression.  Watch your picking and start slowly.  You’re shredding once you hit 200 bpm.  Example is played at 220 bpm.

Lick 2 - Neoclassical Shred
Lick 2 - Neoclassical Shred
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This example is rooted in E harmonic minor.  If you’re unfamiliar with this scale, the parts of the pattern that includes the raised 7th (D#) may feel awkward at first.  Pay close attention to the picking as this is key to playing it smooth.  Measure 3 contains a very Malmsteen-esque scale sequence that flows into another Yngwie style scale run.

Lick 3 - Pedal Point
Lick #3 - Pedal Point
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This is a great pedal point lick in A minor that challenges the synchronization of the hands.  Requiring strict alternating picking, it is tough to keep it smooth throughout.  The timing is also a little tricky until you get the lick figured out so be careful.

Lick 4 - Mini Sweep Arpeggios
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Lick 4 - Mini Sweep Arpeggios
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This is a great lick to get the mechanics of sweep picking down.  It is a great introduction to the technique for those just getting started and it will boost the economy technique of those already seasoned.  I’ve found that I use this concept a lot in my playing especially on legato influenced lines.  The two string sweep technique keeps things smooth and fluid.