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A preview of things to come? Maybe. For now, enjoy these 15 licks to add more diversity to your lead play. From the blazing Bluegrass licks of Tyler Grant, to the scorching hot Country licks of David Wallimann, these tracks are sure to expand your portfolio of lead lines and phrases.

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Rock Licks

EZ Hybrid Starter

Taught by David Wallimann

Have you been avoiding hybrid picking? As a rock player, this technique is a great way to stand out from the crowd. Make sure your rhythm placement is impeccable before putting this to practice. Using a combination of your pick and finger will give you a nice, natural sound.

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I See DC

Taught by David Wallimann

Spanning 3 scale positions, this A Minor lick is a fun spin on a classic sound. Once again, proper rhythm placement really brings this simple musical idea to life. Study the rhythm before applying the notes.

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Descending Dorian Legato

Taught by David Wallimann

This 3 note per string legato lick gives you a flurry of notes to wow the listener. Make sure every note is loud and clean before speeding this up.

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Blues Licks

Dorian With Attitude

Taught by Chris Liepe

Throwing in that natural 6th (you know, that note you play with your third finger on the B string when playing in your good old pentatonic shape) can either be kinda tender sounding, or downright mean! In this case, played with energy, this lick really gets in the listener's face.

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Riff N' Scratch

Taught by Chris Liepe

You can try, but only Stevie could play this style of groove with so much attitude and feel. It's tricky to truly dig in while not getting too sloppy. Keep it tight, but loose... Shove it in everyone's face, but retain sophistication at the same time.

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Ohh The Tension

Taught by Chris Liepe

This lick represents all that is so wonderful about bending. You can string the listener along for a long time with playing like this. Just make sure you eventually get to the note, or you'll have things thrown at you. Milk it for all it is worth and have fun!

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Country Licks

Step Into Bends

Taught by David Wallimann

Memorize this idea slowly and make sure your notes are in tune. Because this is played on a higher area of the fretboard, your finger placement needs to be precise. Wrap your thumb around the fretboard for the right grip.

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Penta-Mixo Blend

Taught by David Wallimann

This lick combines the minor pentatonic scale with the mixolydian mode. Notice how the minor third adds a raw character to your phrasing. This one can be tricky at higher tempos so start out slow and work your way up.

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Play Outside

Taught by David Wallimann

Memorize this lick a few notes at a time before putting it all together. Notice the outside section which adds a nice jazz fusion touch to the idea. This adds quickly resolved tension which connects the listener even more to your solos.

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Bluegrass Licks

Slidin' Around

Taught by Tyler Grant

Here's a bluesy sliding lick that is great for G Major jams. It uses a lot of flatted 7ths and flatted 3rds in conjunction with the open G string. This gives the lick a distinct Bluegrass feel without sounding boring.

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Descending Blues

Taught by Tyler Grant

Another great G Major lick that starts on the 3rd interval. This lick focuses on the Major scale notes and uses the bluesy notes to accent them. Pay attention to the fingering used for the stretches which is crucial for fast position shifts.

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Drop String Fun

Taught by Tyler Grant

Pedal tone licks aren't just for Neoclassical shredders! Here's one that sounds right at home in any Bluegrass jam. It sounds much harder than it actually is. Practice this lick to hone your single note accuracy.... and blow some minds at your next jam session!

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Fingerstyle Licks

The 3-2-0 Lick

Taught by Jim Deeming

A flexible open position lick that can be used with virtually any style. The base concept of pulling off the 3rd fret and 2nd fret to open works with any chord%20-%20simply adjust where you start and stop. Watch the video for a complete explanation of how to adapt this lick.

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E Chord Banjo Lick

Taught by Jim Deeming

Here's a banjo roll lick that will give your picking hand a workout. It's a sophisticated sound on the fretboard too so expect to be challenged. But when you finally do nail it, you're gonna drop some jaws!

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Big Fancy Bluegrass Ending

Taught by Jim Deeming

Here's a beautiful way to end Bluegrass songs in C Major. It starts out with a partial barre chord shape and then descends into notey bliss with all kinds of open strings mixed in. Watch out for the finger roll on the way down too.

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