How to Play a Guitar Lick in 3 Easy Steps

Turning the Blues Scale Around

Armed with your knowledge of finger techniques and rhythmic displacement, you're ready to string the entire lick together. The final segment of this tutorial applies the finger movements of the previous videos to the concluding -- or turnaround -- part of this classic blues lick. As you watch the demonstration, the instructor explains the musical theory behind this progression and describes how moving farther up the fingerboard while descending the scale adds an unexpected and enjoyable spin to the conventional blues scale.

Although there's no denying this is a complicated lick, you've been able to learn the technique and theory behind each segment. With enough practice and patience, you'll astonish your friends and surprise the smoothest of pros as you breeze through this blistering solo.

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