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Golden Age of Guitar Instrumentals - Friday, Week 4

Surf Guitar Instrumentals
Our final surf lick of the week is a driving low-register riff. Played over a B-C-B Phrygian accompaniment figure, this phrase is distinguished by its galloping 16th-note rhythm and relatively simple melody. The 16th-note articulations are played with alternating picking and are closely related to the tremolo picking technique of the surf guitar style. See yesterday's Lick of the Day for a demonstration of and more information about tremolo picking. The A (open 5th string) note is incorporated as a repeated pedal tone throughout the lick. Notice the alternation of this A note with the B, C and D of the melody. Also check out the hammered-on (open-string A note to a fretted B note) fingering approach in the second half of the lick. This bassline type of lick splits the difference between lead and accompaniment styles and pervades the surf music idiom.

Learn this lick and practice with this jam track
Skill Level: guitar pick onguitar pick onguitar pick offguitar pick off
Key: B


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