Want a great way to refresh your tired old licks?
Want to breathe new life into your ideas?
Todays cool tip is another easy to apply, but HIGH Mileage tip that will help you in your lick vocabulary.
The principle is quite easy. Take a lick you like (could be yours, or one from a player you admire) and analyze it in terms of the chord tone it starts and stops on.
now here is where the fun begins:
If the lick starts on the "1" & ends on the "1"as most licks typically do, try the following arrangements to dramatically increase the options you have available.
There are many different additional complimentary ways that you can grow your vocabulary by adding principals like string skipping, messing with octaves, etc. to this approach.
- Start on the "1"-but end on the "3" instead
- Start on the "1"-but end on the "5" instead
- Start on the "3"-end on the "1"
- Start on the "5"-end on the "1"
I have found this, not only a great way to grow my lick vocabulary, but it also tends to allow me to develop call and response lines and grow my ideas much much further.