Often when guitar players are first learning how to improvise their own guitar solos, they think they need to know a lot of licks. More guitar licks means more ideas you can call on for your solos right?
Well definitely building your vocabulary of different guitar licks is going to be important, but sometimes a better approach is to get more mileage out of the guitar licks you already know.
So in this video guitar lesson I’m going to show you a classic Chuck Berry guitar lick, and then show how you can give it some new life by playing it in different positions on the neck with different sets of notes.
(Video Guitar Lesson 1 of 2)
(See Chuck Berry Guitar Lick X3 – Page 2 for Part 2 of this video guitar lesson, as well as MP3 jam track downloads and a printout page.)
Classic Chuck Berry Guitar Lick Tablature
So first we need the Chuck Berry guitar lick we will be using throughout this guitar lesson. You are bending your 3rd string 7th fret up a whole step (2 frets) and then barring your 1st finger across the 1st and 2nd strings at the 5th fret for the next 2 notes. This Chuck Berry guitar lick is often played multiple times in a row.
When I play this guitar lick, I use straight down and up picking. So if I was to repeat the lick…the first time I would pick “down up down”…then the next time through I would pick “up down up”. You could pick all of the notes down for simplicity, but it will be difficult to play the guitar lick fast with all down picking.
This guitar lick is in the key of A, and comes out of an A Minor Pentatonic Scale. Below is the guitar scale chart for the A Minor Pentatonic scale in the 5th position.
A Minor Pentatonic Scale – 5th Position
On the next page you are going to learn how to move this Chuck Berry guitar lick to 2 other positions of the A Minor Pentatonic Scale. You will play the lick in exactly the same way but the notes will be different. So they will have a differnt sound in relationship to the A chord I will be using as my background in the demonstration.
For the 2nd part of the video guitar lesson, as well as MP3 Jam Tracks and a printout page, go to page 2 of this guitar lesson.
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