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From playing with Santana in the early 1970's, to Journey and other projects, Neal Schon's lead playing is about melody and taste. This addition of Lick & Tricks is a 5 in one special. This is the entire intro solo to the song "City of the Angels" from the 1979 Journey album "Evolution". I am going to break it down into the 5 separate licks. The notes of this solo are mostly out of a C major pentatonic and C minor pentatonic. The licks can be used in most major key rock/blues situations.

Entire Solo
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Lick #1

Left hand fingers
     |
     3________  1  3  3________  1 
E:--15b(17)r15-13--------------------
B:----------------15-15b(16)r15-13---
G:-----------------------------------
D:-----------------------------------
A:-----------------------------------
E:-----------------------------------


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For more information on how to read this, check out the lesson on reading Internet tablature. The red number is the note that you should use as your guide. In this case the red note is an C. If you wanted to play this lick in the key of D, just move everything up 2 frets so that the red numbers would be the note D.

This lick comes out of a combination of the C major pentatonic and C minor pentatonic scales.

Notes used in lick #1

|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-| -1st string
|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|
|---|---|---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---|---| -6th string
  |
 13th fret

o = note is in both the C major and C minor pentatonic scale
o = note is in the C major pentatonic scale
o = note is in the C minor pentatonic scale

Below are the full C major pentatonic and C minor pentatonic scales in the same position that lick #1 is in.

C major pentatonic scale

|-o-|---|---|-o-| -1st
|---|-o-|---|-o-|
|-o-|---|-o-|---|
|-o-|---|-o-|---|
|-o-|---|---|-o-|
|-o-|---|---|-o-| -6th
  |
 12th fret

o = the root of the scale

C minor pentatonic scale

|---|-o-|---|-o-|---| -1st
|---|-o-|---|---|-o-|
|-o-|---|---|-o-|---|
|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|
|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|
|---|-o-|---|-o-|---| -6th
      |
     13th fret

 

Lick #2

Lick #2 also comes out the C major pentatonic scale above

Left hand fingers
     |
     1  3  3____   4  3________  1  3_______
E:----------------15----------------------------
B:--13-15-15b(17)----15b(17)r15p13-15b(17)r15---
G:----------------------------------------------
D:----------------------------------------------
A:----------------------------------------------
E:----------------------------------------------


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Lick #3

Left hand fingers
     |
     1  2  4  1  2  4  2
E:-----------13-15-17-15----
B:--13-15-17----------------
G:--------------------------
D:--------------------------
A:--------------------------
E:--------------------------


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Lick number #3 just plays straight up the first 6 notes of a C major scale. These 6 notes can be memorized as a scale fragment and used as addition notes for improvisation in this position.

Notes used in lick #3

|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---| -1st string
|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|
|---|---|---|---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---|---|---|
|---|---|---|---|---|---| -6th string
  |
 13th fret

 

Lick #4

Left hand fingers
     |
     2    4  2  1  2
E:--13--h15p13p12----------
B:----------------13-------
G:-------------------------
D:-------------------------
A:-------------------------
E:-------------------------


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One way you could look at Lick #4 is just the notes of a C major pentatonic scale with an added note.

C major pentatonic scale
with added note

|-o-|-o-|---|-o-| -1st
|---|-o-|---|-o-|
|-o-|---|-o-|---|
|-o-|---|-o-|---|
|-o-|---|---|-o-|
|-o-|---|---|-o-| -6th
  |
 12th fret

o = added note from the lick

 

Lick #5

Lick #5 also comes right out of the scale fingering above.

Left hand fingers
     |
     4  2  2  1  4  2____
E:--15----13-12--------------
B:-----13-------15-13b(15)---
G:---------------------------
D:---------------------------
A:---------------------------
E:---------------------------


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