Watch the Open String Licks in C online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar

Open string licks in the key of C. There is one main scale that I like to use as an open string lick and it’s a hard one, but we’ll have fun with it. Once you’ve got it, you’ve got it. This scale is played from the high register going down to the low register, that’s the only way I use this scale. We are playing from the C scale all the way down to the F note. On the high E, we are playing VIII VII and V and then we play VIII and VI on the B (which takes us down to the F note) and then hit an open E. Then play the D note, 7th fret on the G string, a C note (5th fret on the G string) and an open B. Then hit the A note, 7th fret on the D string, then an open G. Then reach down with the 2nd finger again to the 8th fret on the A string followed by the E note (7th fret) and an open D and then the C chord. Try that all together in full speed and then a few times slow. I can end that to make it fit in the rhythmic way; I added a walk in to the last C chord. It might be a little tricky played slow but give it a try. That is the open string lick in C.

Before we did the same lick as in A and we did in G and you can do the same thing in C, but it will take on some different tonal values because of the open strings being applied. If you use the same lick you learned in A, in C it will sound different. Just experiment and have fun in the C shapes. When we learn about shapes we’ll learn about double-stops and learn how to find all the shapes needed.