Paul Gilbert Moveable Repeating Licks
In this lesson, I show a Paul Gilbert -style pattern, and talk about a simple concept to help you learn licks faster.
The lick is a pretty nice legato pattern, using the A minor scale. I then show how to play this lick in two other positions in the 3-note-per-string A minor scale. That is really the idea here – I take one lick, and play at it a different spot in the scale. The left hand fingering is slightly different, but the sequence of notes and picking pattern is identical. This is a strategy that you should try to implement with all of your licks.
If every time you learn a lick, you transpose it to different keys, or play it in the same key at different spots on the neck, you can learn several licks in little more time than it takes to learn one.
Try to make it a habit going forward – learn a lick that you like, and try it in other places. You’ll find that your vocabulary expands faster, and you have more flexibility in your improvisations.