Whether you are a Guns n’ Roses fan or not, there is no denying lead guitarist Slash’s taste and feel on the guitar. This guitar lick is from the intro solo in “Patience”. Though this lick was pulled from that particular solo, you can hear this same lick played by hundreds of guitar players. You will hear BB King, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, etc.. play this one. So you could call it a cliché. But it is a great lick non the less. The Guns n’ Roses song is actually tuned down a half step, but I have recorded the example in standard tuning.
The red number is the note that you should use as your guide. In this case the red note is a G. The lick is in G major.
For more information on how to read this, check out the lesson on Reading Internet Tablature.
Slash Patience Guitar Lick – Audio Fast
Slash Patience Guitar Lick – Audio Slow
Slash Patience Guitar Lick Scales
This lick comes mostly out of a G major pentatonic scale in the 7th position. You are just adding some chromatic notes to fill in a little. The first bent note, and the 1st note that you play on the 1st string are really the same note. So you are bending to a note that is in the scale.
This lick can easily be used over any major chord. All you have to do is move this lick up and down the neck, using the note in red as your guide. So to play this over an F chord, just move 2 frets lower on the neck.
A couple of other scales in the area that you should be aware of are the G major, and the G mixolydian mode. Using these scales takes a little more knowledge of theory, but they are both scales that can be used in conjunction with this lick at different times.
Slash Patience Guitar Lick – Version 2
This same lick is often played on the 2nd and 3rd strings as well.
Slash Patience Guitar Lick Scales – Version 2
Here are all of the scales in this position.