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Watch the A Long Story online guitar lesson by Neil Zaza from 50 Melodic Rock Licks You MUST Know

The best melodies (whether us guitarists want to admit it or not) are based on vocal-type melodies. A vocalist always has to be aware of taking a breath, phrasing and running out of breath. Something a guitarist inherently doesn’t have a problem with. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why guitarist’s melodies are often too busy or the phrasing is taxing. This riff explores trying to emulate the singer’s long line of melodic approach. We want to add a dramatic flair in this example so you notice that there is a building or ascending of the line the whole time keeping it very "vocal-like" and sparse. Keep in mind to add a good dose of controlled vibrato to really give it that authentic flavor.