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Lick of the Week 11: A Nice Bend & Slide

It’s easy to slip into a rut of just playing within the same box patterns all the time, and sometimes you’re really looking for just a slightly different way to play those notes that changes things up a bit.

Well, this is one of those riffs that can help change things up – just ever so slightly.

As I mentioned in the video, we could play all the notes straight up in Box 2, but instead, I chose to slide up three frets and play out of Box 3 instead.

I like the effect this produces – what about you? Let me know in the comments below.

We’re starting off with a double bend, then a pre-bend and release. This in itself can be used quite expressively, so play around with this idea and see what you can do with it.

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  1. About the bend: I see two options – bend and mute the string followed by a pre-bend or bend and pick the bent string and release the bent string. Does that make sense?

    Either way another cool sounding lick.

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