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How to Play 4 Guitar Licks

Lick # 1: Playing Chromatic Notes and the Dorian Mode on Guitar

This first video takes a look at a chromatic lick in A minor using the Dorian mode. The Dorian mode is a subset of the major scale, which, in turn, falls within the chromatic scale. The chromatic scale is the mother of all scales; it includes all twelve notes, or pitches, in the Western musical scale.

Once you've tried out this lick in the keys of A, D and G, apply what you've learned to Rush's "The Spirit of Radio" and then head over to the next page for a taste of the blues.­