Blues for Neruda by Gary Moore | lick
An electric guitar lesson on how to play the fast pentatonic blues lick from his song "Blues for Narada."
This lick comes at the 7 minute mark of the studio version. It's a very quick pentatonic lick that incorporates hammer ons and pull offs.
It's an absolutely KILLER lick and definitely for more advanced players.
Like most fast licks, when you break them down they're usually a couple of repeating patterns and this one is no different. The best way to master stuff like this is to play it slow.
And I mean as slow as you need to go to play it perfectly. Once you can do that, then gradually increase the tempo, again only to the point where you can play it perfect.
Every now and then test yourself by playing faster than you can, but if it's sloppy go back to the tempo where you can play it perfect and start to again increase the tempo gradually.
I get a lot of people asking me things like,"How long did it take you to be able to play that part smoothly?"
For me, it's not a great idea to think in terms of how long when you want to learn something.
Putting a time limit on learning just creates expectations and then if they're not met many people will give up and quit. It's far better to be task oriented and just focus on mastering something period.
Don't even think about how long it takes! It's not important. All that matters is that you keep working on it until you can do it, regardless of the time spent.
I read an article where Joe Bonamassa said that it took him a year to master the economy picking type licks that Eric Johnson plays.
Bottom line is stop worrying about how long, and just focus on getting better day to day. Eventually you'll be able to do anything with that frame of mind!
Gary played these kind of licks with just his second and third fingers, rarely using his fourth. I read an article where he explained that he could get more speed that way.
I had fun working on this as Gary was one of my favorite guitarist. A ferocious player with blazing speed, one of the best vibratos around yet he never forget about melody which was at the core of his playing.
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