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Watch the Keys to the Castle online guitar lesson by Neil Zaza from 50 Melodic Rock Licks You MUST Know

Man, I love this lick! If you are interested in wringing every bit of emotion out of a stretch then this riff is for you. In fact, it takes your bend and adds the next level of intensity to it. I’m sure I stole this lick at some point from the Master of All That is Melodic, Neal Schon. I can picture him in the 1970’s on the edge of the stage with his big ‘fro and black Les Paul just wailin’ away...and this is the riff I could imagine him playing. In a major key, you are stretching the 2nd to the 3rd, but while holding that note you add your pinky to take it up another half step. Whew! This is literally wringing out every drop of emotion from a stretch.

You’ve heard this riff in just about every tune and solo that I have ever recorded. This is just part of my vocabulary and fits nicely in every melodic space you could imagine.