A great way to learn how to improvise your own lead guitar solos, is to build a vocabulary of different guitar licks. A guitar lick is just music slang for a short melodic phrase. The online guitar lessons found here will help you learn many cool guitar riffs to use as building blocks for your solos.
Often when you think about sweep picking you might think about crazy metal licks. But really sweep picking can be used in all kinds of different styles. In this video guitar lesson I will be showing you a sweep picking blues lick in A.
Video Guitar Lesson
Sweep Picking Blues Lick in A – Guitar Tablature
Here’s the tablature for the guitar lick. This lick is played in the 5th position and you can use the A note that’s on the 5th fret of the first string or 6th string as a reference note. This lick is mostly made up of the notes of an A7 arpeggio. You will see the symbol to indicate the downward sweep and for the up sweep.
Be sure to check out my lesson on the basics of sweep picking.
Sweep Picking Blues Lick in D – Guitar Tablature
Here’s the same lick in the key of D. Or you could play this over the IV chord in a blues in the key of A which would be a D7 chord.
Sweep Picking Blues Lick in E – Guitar Tablature
Move that lick in D up 2 frets and you have the same lick in E. This can be played over the V chord in the key of A which is E7.
Blues in A Chord Progression
Now try taking this lick through a basic a blues chord progression in the key of A. The lick is one measure long So play the A lick once, then D once, then A twice etc. For the full tablature as well as some mp3 jam tracks see the “Guitar Lesson Downloads” section lower on the page.
Guitar Lesson Downloads
Below is a PDF with the tablature for this guitar lesson. There are also 4 MP3 Jam Tracks. Two are just A7 jams at different speeds so you can practice the main lick. Then there are 2 Blues in A jam track at 2 different speeds.
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PDF Music Stand Printout
MP3 Jam Track
Blues in A – 100bpm – MP3 Jam Track[/wpsharely]