Every style of music has its own vocabulary of licks and phrases that players learn and use to some degree in their own soloing and improvisation. If you play the blues, for example, you’ll inevitably learn and play some of those timeless BB Box licks. Play rock, jazz or country and you’ll likewise learn the musical jargon for those styles. But how do you go about crafting your own original licks and phrases?
Robbie Calvo’s Lick Logic will equip you with a series of simple, yet powerful concepts for crafting your own melodic licks and phrases, using the chords and scales that you already know. Robbie will show you how to develop original ideas, internalize them, and then build your own library of licks.
”Lick Logic will guide students through a series of creative approaches for sparking ideas, building a library of original licks, and developing a musical personality that they can call their own. Working through Lick Logic will impart the knowledge necessary to take a simple idea and develop it into an original phrase that you can use at any time over any situation.”
Robbie organized the course into five sections. In the first section, Robbie illustrates the Key Ingredients of Licks: Rhythm, Phrasing, Pitch, and Note Choice. In the second section, you will work through a series of lessons covering Expressions: Slurs & Glissandi, Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, Bends, Let Downs, Rakes, Palm Muting, and Combining All Expressions.
Using Chord Fragments, arpeggios, and “Sweet Notes” to create licks is the focus of the third section: One Note, Diads, Triads, and 7th Arpeggios.
In the fourth section, Robbie guides you through a series of lessons where he demonstrates how too use Scale Fragments to craft original ideas and licks: Working Within Borders, Lick Border: Strings 1-3, Lick Border: Strings 2-4, Working Within Borders, Lick Border: Strings 3-6, Working Within Borders, Lick Border: Strings 1-3, and Sequencing the Whole Scale.
Robbie illustrates how to get More Mileage From Your Licks with an ear-opening series of lessons in the fifth and final section: Moving Phrases Across Beats, Start Solos with the Melody, Improvise Around the Melody, Let the Chords do the Work, and Move Licks Around the Neck.
All of the key examples and demonstrations are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can play, loop and/or slow down the tab and notation as you work through the lessons. Plus, Robbie includes all of the backing tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s cook up some original licks with Robbie Calvo!