In this short lesson we’ve collected advice from our artists to help you learn licks quickly and make them your own.
Always try to take licks through different keys and positions. The first step is to learn it but the second step is the most important: make music out of them.
Licks advice from Quention Angus
Listen from 0:46 for great advice on making licks your own. This applies to any style.
Here’s advice for learning licks (and songs):
1. Listen to the lick or song a few times. Soak it in.
2. Try to play it by ear (don’t look at the TAB).
3. Pause and slow down the video if you need to, and if you get stuck use the TAB.
4. Practice slowly, then build speed.
While it might be slower for you to learn by ear, it’s a good habit to get into because it helps you develop your ear skills. We recommend only using the TAB if you get stuck or need to double-check fingering.
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