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Watch the Space & Time online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Rock Guitar 5: Lick Vocabulary

Space & Time - Lick 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Neil Zaza and is sourced from 50 Melodic Rock Licks You MUST Know.

The very first thing that we guitarists (or more importantly) musicians need to address when playing melodically is the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid! It's all about letting the melody breath and have room to actually say something. In a sense, we need to disconnect the guitar side of our brain and let the music side take over. Don't worry about showing off that deadly riff or scorching arpeggio right now. It's not about technique, but rather playing a melody that is simple and straightforward. This is when melodies are the most effective. This is what melodic playing is all about! In this lick we look at leaving space between our notes and phrases as well as telling a story with well placed note choices. Simplicity rules!