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Al "Hemi" Ola - Lick 11 is a video guitar lesson presented by James Hogan and is sourced from 50 Jazz Rock Licks You MUST Know.


This classic lick showcases legendary fusion guitarist Al DiMeola's "mutola" technique and some straight up muscle car picking! This lick is one of Al's signature licks. It's prominent on his early solo recordings in addition to his work with Chick Corea's "Return To Forever" in the 1970's.

While this particular lick is based around the G Natural Minor scale (G - A - Bb - C - D - Eb - F - G), feel free to apply this sequence to other scales to give you a different flavor. Be sure to alternate pick! The key to replicating Al's rapid fire "machine gun" picking flurries is to practice this lick slowly and accurately with a metronome while building speed gradually.