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TableofContents

Foreword .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Licks110.................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Lick#1EarlyRockClich#1 .................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Lick#2EarlyRockClich#2 .................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Lick#3MajorPentatonicBluesOpeners ............................................................................................................................................ 4
Lick#4AlbertKingisms ............................................................................................................................................................................ 5
Lick#5QuarterStepBends ...................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Lick#6MinorPentatonicLickinA........................................................................................................................................................ 5
Lick#7DoublestopFun............................................................................................................................................................................. 6
Lick#8SimpleTurnaroundLick............................................................................................................................................................. 6
Lick#9TurnaroundinE ............................................................................................................................................................................. 6
Lick#10SingleNoteTurnaround .......................................................................................................................................................... 7
Licks1120................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 7
Lick#11LesterFlattCountryRun ......................................................................................................................................................... 7
Lick#12PedalSteelLick............................................................................................................................................................................ 7
Lick#13JazzLickI#idimiiV................................................................................................................................................................ 8
Lick#14ViminorLick ............................................................................................................................................................................ 8
Lick#15Pulloffflash .................................................................................................................................................................................. 8
Lick#16OpenStringPulloff ..................................................................................................................................................................... 9
Lick#17SlidingLegatoSingleString.................................................................................................................................................... 9
Lick#18SingleStringAscendingScaleLick...................................................................................................................................... 9
Lick#19DroneStringLick ......................................................................................................................................................................10
Lick#20ObliqueBends ............................................................................................................................................................................10
Licks2130...............................................................................................................................................................................................................10
Lick#21UnisonBendingLick................................................................................................................................................................10
Lick#22OctaveLick...................................................................................................................................................................................11
Lick#23Sliding6ths..................................................................................................................................................................................11
Lick#24Ascending3rdsinC .................................................................................................................................................................11
Lick#25Doublestop3rdsinA...............................................................................................................................................................12
Lick#26MajorPentatonicDoublestops............................................................................................................................................12
Lick#27CountryLick................................................................................................................................................................................12
Lick#28PentatonicSmearLick............................................................................................................................................................13
Lick#29PentatonicSlurs ........................................................................................................................................................................13
Lick#30FiveFretMinorPulloffs........................................................................................................................................................13
Licks3140...............................................................................................................................................................................................................14
Lick#31VHTap ...........................................................................................................................................................................................14
Lick#32CrazyTrainTap .........................................................................................................................................................................14
Lick#33SequencedPentatonicLick...................................................................................................................................................14
Lick#34TremoloPicking ........................................................................................................................................................................15
Lick#3516thnotetripletpentatonictrill........................................................................................................................................15
Lick#36Descending3rdsIntervalSequence .................................................................................................................................15
Lick#37PentatonicSequenceof4s ....................................................................................................................................................16
Lick#38PentatonicSextupletSequence ..........................................................................................................................................16
Lick#39DescendingSingleString4s .................................................................................................................................................16
Lick#403Noteperstringin6s ............................................................................................................................................................17
Licks4147...............................................................................................................................................................................................................17
Lick#41Satriani3NotePerStringLegato.....................................................................................................................................17
Lick#42Gilbert3NotePerStringSequence.................................................................................................................................17
Lick#43PedalPointLick.........................................................................................................................................................................18
Lick#44TriadSweepsinG .....................................................................................................................................................................18
Lick#45FiveStringTriadSweeps.......................................................................................................................................................18
Lick#46SixStringSweeps ......................................................................................................................................................................19
Lick#47TappingCapo ..............................................................................................................................................................................19
MovingOnFromHere .........................................................................................................................................................................................20

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Foreword
ThanksfordownloadingmyguitareBook,47LicksYouMustKnow!Inmy20yearsofteaching
guitarIhavehadtheprivilegeofstudyingthesolosofmanygreatguitaristsandworkingwith
manygreatstudents.Mygoalinwritingthisbookistointroducemyguitarstudentstophrases,
licksandideasthatIfindcommontomanyleadguitaristsandsolos.Theselicksarepresented
roughlyinorderofdifficulty.Eachhasashortdescriptiontohelpexplainwhyitisincludeditin
thiscollection.

First,letmesaythatlicks,prerehearsedsolophrases,arejustonecomponentofimprovising.
Trueimprovisationisplayingsomethingwehaveneverplayedbeforeonourinstrument.This
maybethegreatestachievementinaguitarsolo.However,manyguitarsoloswehearare
composedor,atbest,aspontaneousreorganizationofpreviouslylearnedphrasesandmaterial.If
notessential,itisatleastpracticaltoknowsomeprerehearsedlicksforthosetimeswhenwe
arenotcatchinglightninginabottle.

Second,aretheselickstrulymustknow?Theonlywaytodecideistotrythemyourself.Itall
dependsonyourmusicalstyleandgoals.Notwoguitaristsarealike.Keepthelicksyoulikehere,
throwoutthoseyoudont.Manyofmyfavoriteguitaristsmashupdifferentideasandmusical
stylessoIbelieveitanadvantagetolearnallthatlicksyoucan.Attheveryleast,knowingthe
licksinthisbookcanserveassignpostpointsofreference.Youwillheartheminaguitarsolo,
soonerorlater.

Lastly,inordertomakethebestuseofthisbook,herearesomequickthoughts:

Learnthelicksthentransposethemtootherscalesandkeys
Tryrepeatingthelicksorsectionsofthemtocreatenewvariations
Reorderthenotesinthephrases.Playthembothascendinganddescending
Experimentwithphrasingandtimingvariations
Usetheselicksforideasandcreatenewlicksofyourown
Andmostofall

HaveFun!

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Licks 1-10
Lick#1Early Rock Clich #1

Thisearlyrocklickcanbeheardinguitarsolosranginginstylesfromrockabillytopunkrock.

Lick#2Early Rock Clich #2

Anotherclassicrockclich,againshowninthekeyofA.

Lick#3MajorPentatonicBluesOpeners

AlthoughbluesisknownprimarilyforusingtheMinorPentatonicscale,thislickdemonstrates
thesweetsoundingalternativethattheMajorPentatonicscalehastooffer.

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Lick #4 Albert King-isms

AlbertKingisabluesgiant(figurativelyandliterally)whoinfluencedJimiHendrixandStevie
RayVaughan,amongothers.Huge,fingertorturingbendsfigureprominentlyinhislicks.

Lick#5QuarterStepBends

AnimportantphrasingelementinBluesisthequarterstepbendupoftheminor3rdtojustshy
ofthemajor3rd.Sometimestheresultingnoteiscalledtheblues3rd,hereshownthreeways.

Lick#6MinorPentatonicLickinA

Onceyouknowscaleformsyouwillwanttoavoidsimplywanderingupanddownthem.This
lickisagoodexampleofphrasing,ratherthanjustrunning,thenotesoftheMinorPentatonic
scale.

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Lick#7DoublestopFun

Doublestops,twonotesplayedatthesametime,areoneofguitaristsgreatweaponsingettinga
big,beefysound.Thebendsinbar2areexecutedwiththe3rdfingerfrettingbothstrings.

Lick#8SimpleTurnaroundLick

Thelasttwobarsofabluesprogressionareknownastheturnaround.Thissimpleturnaround
lickinthekeyofGsetsyouupforthenext12barsofbluesfun.

Lick#9TurnaroundinE

AclassicbluesturnaroundinthekeyofE.Triplestops,ninthchords,andopenpositionpatterns
ofboththeMinorandMajorPentatonicscalesareused.

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Lick #10 Single Note Turnaround

Anotherclassicbluesturnaround,thistimeinthekeyofA.Aturnaroundoutlinesaprogression
anditisveryeffectiveandimportanttobeabletodothiswithsinglenotelines.

Licks 11-20
Lick#11LesterFlattCountryRun

ThisisthemostrecognizablelickinCountryleadguitar,shownhereintwopositions.Serious
studentswilllearnitinadozenmore.

Lick#12PedalSteelLick

Thisisanotherclassiccountrylick.Heretheideaistoemulatethesoundofapedalsteelguitar
bybendinganotewhileholdinganotheratpitch.

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Lick #13 Jazz Lick - I #idim ii V

Acommonjazzchordprogressionisoutlinedneatlyinthissinglenotephrase.Chordtonesare
targetedthrougheachchangewithalteredtonesemphasizedovertheE7chord.

Lick#14ViminorLick

AquickandeasyjazzclichlickoveraminorkeyVi(fiveone)progression.

Lick#15Pulloffflash

Legatotechnique,theuseofhammeronsandpulloffs,isaneasywaytoaddspeedtoyourleads.
Thislickusesdoublepulloffsandarepeatedopenstringinanascendingladderriff.

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Lick #16 Open String Pull-off

Againanopenstringisused,incorporatedintoapullofflick.Thistimeascalealongthe2nd
stringprovidesthenotechoices.

Lick#17SlidingLegatoSingleString

Herewecombineahammeron/pulloffcombinationwithslidingpositionchangestocreatea
slipperysoundinglick.Similarnotestothepreviousexample.

Lick#18SingleStringAscendingScaleLick

Coordinatingthepickandfrethandisessentialtomakingpositionchangessoundclean.After
theopenstring,thefirstfingerinitiateseach3notephraseinthislick.

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Lick #19 Drone String Lick

Anopenstringcombinedwithamovingsinglenotelineisacoolandeasywaytoachieveabig,
ringingsoundinyoursolo.

Lick#20ObliqueBends

Obliquebendscombineabentnotewithanunbentnote.WesawthiswithourPedalSteellick.
Thislickusesacoupleofcommontwonoteobliquebendcombinations.

Licks 21-30
Lick#21UnisonBendingLick

Bendingonenotetothepitchofaheldnoteiscalledaunisonbend.Thislickfeaturesthemost
typicalcombinationsacrossthe3rd/2ndand2nd/1ststringpairs.

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Lick #22 Octave Lick

Octavelicksprovideafullbodiedsound.TheywereafavoriteofjazzgreatWesMontgomeryand
arestillusedinmanymodernguitarsolos.

Lick#23Sliding6ths

Sixthintervalsaregreat,opensoundingnotecombinationsthatstronglyimplychords.Thislick
usesnotesdiatonictotheGMajorscale.

Lick#24Ascending3rdsinC

Anotherdiatonicintervallick,thistimeusing3rdintervalsinthekeyofC.

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Lick #25 Doublestop 3rds in A

3rdintervalsplayedasdoublestopsareagreatwaytocombineharmonyandmelodyinyour
guitarsolos.

Lick#26MajorPentatonicDoublestops

ThislickharmonizesthenotesoftheGMajorPentatonicscaleforabigsound.Lickslikethis
havebeenusedinmanyR&BguitarsolosandbyguitaristssuchasJimiHendrix.

Lick#27CountryLick

Thiscountrystylelickfeaturesalotofbending;atypicalobliquebendinthefirstbarandsome
melodicbendsinthesecond.Besuretobendaccuratelytopitch.

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Lick #28 Pentatonic Smear Lick

Asmearlickusesfastnotecombinationsforstunguitareffect,typicallyoutoftheMinor
Pentatonicscaleasinthisexample.

Lick#29PentatonicSlurs

Aslurisanothernameforahammeronorpulloff.Thislicksusesarepeatingpatternslurred
throughtheDMinorPentatonicscale.

Lick#30FiveFretMinorPulloffs

Abigfivefretstretchisthesignaturemoveofthislick.Besuretorollthefirstfingerpressure
fromstring2tostring1forpropermuting.

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Licks 31-40
Lick#31VHTap

Thisisthelickthatlaunchedathousandimitators,verysimilartothestyleoftappinglickusedin
EddieVanHalensEruptionsolo.

Lick#32CrazyTrainTap

Twohandtaps,pulloffsandhammeronscanbeexecutedinmanycombinations.Thisexample
demonstratesthis,verysimilartoapatternusedbyRandyRhoadsinthesoloforCrazyTrain.

Lick#33SequencedPentatonicLick

Asequencedlickdoesnotplaystraightupordownbutratherrepeatsinalogicalorderor
pattern.ThisMinorPentatonicsequenceisaclassicexampleofthispowerfulidea.

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Lick #34 Tremolo Picking

Tremolopickingmeanstorapidlyrepeatthesamenotewithcontinuouspicking.EddieVan
HalenandCarlosSantanautilizethisoften.

Lick#3516thnotetripletpentatonictrill

Atrillisarapidflutterbetweentwonotes.Onguitarwemostoftendothiswithhammeronsand
pulloffs.ThislickputsthisideawithintheMinorPentatonicscale,keyofA.

Lick#36Descending3rdsIntervalSequence

Anintervalisthedistancebetweentwonotes.Thislickuses3rdintervalsasthebasisofa
sequencedlickintheGmajorscale.

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Lick #37 Pentatonic Sequence of 4s

ThissequenceisinthekeyofAminorandusestheMinorPentatonicscale.

Lick#38PentatonicSextupletSequence

HereisasimplebutheavydutyshredsequenceinthekeyofEminor.Tryitwithpulloffsin
placeofalternatepicking.Trythislickascending,aswell.

Lick#39DescendingSingleString4s

Thissinglestringlickinvolvesprecisecoordinationbetweenbothhandstokeepallfournote
combinationsclean.KirkHammettofMetallicaisamasterofthistypeofmove.

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Lick #40 3 Note per string in 6s

Threenoteperstringpatternsaregreatforsimplifyingthecoordinationoftherightandleft
hands.Thislickusestypical3noteperstringstringpairsinanascendingpositionchanginglick.

Licks 41-47
Lick#41Satriani3NotePerStringLegato

ModernguitaristssuchasJoeSatrianiuse3noteperstringpatternsextensively.ThislickinG
majoruseshammeronsandpulloffsformaximumspeed.

Lick#42Gilbert3NotePerStringSequence

Aftereverysixnotes,thislickjumpsupaposition.Thentheprocessrepeats,creatingacoollick
thatcoversalotoffretboardrealestate.
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Lick#43PedalPointLick

Apedalpointlickconsistentlyreturnstoagivenote,herethehighEnoteonthefirststring.This
ideaiscommoninmanyclassicalcompositions.

Lick#44TriadSweepsinG

Thislickusesareverserakeofthestringsforspeedandkeepsallthenotesconfinedtothree
noteshapesfromtheGMajorscale.

Lick#45FiveStringTriadSweeps

Sweeppickingisusingthesamepickstrokedirectionwhenswitchingstrings.Itisvery
importanttorollthepressureofthelefthandfromnotetonoteinordertosoundeachnote
individually.

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Lick #46 Six String Sweeps

Followthepickingdirectioninthislick.Somebigstretchesandpositionchangesareneededto
executethisone.

Lick#47TappingCapo

Hereisacooltwohandedidea.Tapthenotesofachordwhilefrettinganinversionofthatchord
lowerontheneck.

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Moving On From Here
Congratulationsoncompletingthe47LicksYouMustKnoweBook!Itrustyoufoundsomevalue
inthetimeyouhavespentwithit.

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Onyourjourneytobecomingabetterguitarplayer,Ihopetoseeyouagainalongtheway!

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