Watch the Key Ingredients of Licks online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Lick Logic

Licks, lines, and solos contain a few key ingredients...the most important in my mind are the note choices (pitch), rhythm (phrasing), dynamics, and then the techniques such as slurs, bends, hammers and pulls, legato/staccato phrasing, etc.

How we package all of those elements into a series of notes can be considered a lick or melody line. When we string together a series of lines and licks, we create solos. I often think of my solos as a series of memorable licks that ultimately crescendo to mark the end of my solo section.

I've discussed in previous courses the "3 plus 1" idea, which we'll take a look at again in this course. Let's take a quick look at all of those elements discussed here just to familiarize ourselves with some options and remind ourselves of the many techniques, rhythms, and notes that we can use to create our phrases.