I’ve gotta confess, it’s HARD to name guitar licks! I could just go with the lick of the week number, but that seems bland and boring. Or, I could describe what’s under the hood so to speak – today we’re using a the blues scale, a flatted fifth, a one tone bend, etc. But again, that seems pretty dry. Or, I could come up with creative names for each one, but again, they’re not likely to mean much! If you have any ideas for how to name licks, please share them in the comments below!
For now, today’s lick will be known as yet another nameless blues lick. I hope you enjoy it.
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Call it what it is B minor pentatonic. That is all I need to know.
Aside, that note that makes the chord discordant – that is the blue note or so I think – is that right?
The issue with using the key is that this lick can be easily moved to a different key, simply by sliding it around the fretboard. I chose to teach it in B minor, simply because I wanted to demonstrate it over a jam track I had that was in B minor.
Yes, the discordant note is the blues note – the flatted fifth.
For naming, how about starting with the key the lick is in, and then making a word and a short phrase after that. For example, this week could be "L.O.W. #16: B-eastly flatted 5th lick". I usually print out the L.O.W. and put it in a binder with the others, and this way the title would tell me the key instantly!
I really enjoy these: thank you.