Bluesy rock guitar lick using thirds and sixths intervals

Check out this two-bar bluesy rock lick based on the use of thirds and sixths intervals.  As shown in the video, it works well as a fill-in to a rock riff! 



Breaking it down

The lick is in A Dorian scale (A B C D E F# G).  It starts with two nice sounding “minor thirds” intervals (E,G and F#,A in beat 1 to 3 of first bar) played back and forth. I like to highlight the beauty of the Dorian scale this way, which is the major sixth (F# in this case). 

Then it moves up the neck playing a series of sixths along the scale (from beat 4 of first bar till the end) .  Sixth is another cool interval that fits the blues rock context very well.  

Rhythm-wise, the lick is based on 16th notes but in “group of three” arrangement .  It is helpful to strictly follow alternate picking (down strokes on main beats, I.e. “1 and 2 and..”, up stroke on off beats I.e. “e” and “a”) to be rhythmic sound.

Gears: Quite a heavy distorted tone using AMT bulava pedal on an HnK amp!

Getting Magnetized – Part II

My first rock lessons

Listening to rock records, and getting magnetized by them, were my very first rock lessons.  They were even the most important lessons I have ever learned – they inspired me to free my soul and create my own music.

“You can be anything you want to be
Just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be
Be free with your tempo, be free be free
Surrender your ego – be free, be free to yourself”  (Queen – Innuendo)

Sharing some of the music that had magnetized me a lot before I picked up the guitar.   They now reminded me of why I wanted to learn music in the first place: to write great songs!

Soon after I started learning the guitar, however, my musical taste changed because I was once again magnetized,  but in a different direction.

To be continued in the next part.

Intro to the song Blackhouse by Tri-Accident

Trying my best to keep the guitar in position while tapping!


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