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Watch the L.A. 85’ online guitar lesson by James Hogan from 50 All-Purpose Pentatonic Licks

Lick # 19 is entitled “L.A. 85.” It showcases string skipping and sounds great over an 80’s hard rock groove. This technique is one that Paul Gilbert and Bruce Bouillet made famous in Racer X. Although, there were a lot of other great players using string skipping in the 80‘s as well. You can use hammer-ons and pull-offs or alternate picking in this lick. Your choice! Also, break out your pink flying V, white boots and spandex pants for this one! (Well, maybe not the spandex.) Good times!