Micro Lesson 199: "A Minor" Pop-Rock Lick

Welcome to... "Micro-Lesson 199"

This Micro Lesson takes a look at a pop-rock style guitar lick in the key of "A Minor." 

This is probably one of the most popular key's in guitar music. And, pop-rock music applies the use of this key in many hit songs. One common fingerboard position involves the use of the Minor Pentatonic Scale up at the 10th and 12th positions. 

This lick sets up the, "A," minor shape off of the 12th fret of the 5th string. This area of the neck is used in many licks and song sections where lead parts get performed. 

The lick begins from this area and follows the, "along the neck Pentatonic," into the 12th position with a resolution into the chords minor third, at 2nd string 13th fret. 

The second part of the lick applies double-stops in the 13th, 12th and 9th position between the 3rd and 2nd strings. The final resolution again occurs upon a, "C," note. This is a popular resolution sound used by guitarist, "Jimi Hendrix," to finish many of his licks. Experiment with completing runs in this way to achieve a similar sound. Enjoy!

Micro Lesson 199: "A Minor" Pop-Rock Lick


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