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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Benson Style Lick Breakdown

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Lick Breakdowns,
Benson Style Lick Breakdowns.
This is a little breakdown of a lick that
was requested in the forums by Kinard,
one of the students on
Andreas Guitar Universe.
This lick is from my latest album,
My Favorite Guitarist,
from the first track, called Funky Tango.
Around two minutes and 29 seconds into
the song, and the chord is A7 or A flat 7.
Sus A flat 7.
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And the phrase sounds a bit like this.
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And I'm even sweeping it a little bit.
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It's like this.
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To get that effect.
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So, slowly I'm sliding up here
with the first finger
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To B flat, 11th position, second string,
from A to B flat.
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Up to G sharp.
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You can use here if you wanna do down
stroke.
I mostly am doing up here
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I'm doing up here, but if, maybe you feel,
if you're used to the gypsy picking or
something, maybe it's natural for
you to do a down stroke here, but
I would prefer to do an upstroke
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On the G flat.
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And
then B flat again,
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A, A flat, G, G flat, and octave.
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Then, back again.
G flat, G, E, E flat,
D, D flat, and D flat.
So-
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And sometimes,
when I'm playing it really fast,
like on this song, I think I do-
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Stuff like this.
I go from.
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Then I'm doing like up, up.
So there's your sweeping moment.
Down,
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three notes in a row down.
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And
then from this note, up and
another up here, and I pull off.
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This is really hard to do slowly, but-
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Something like that.
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When I do it slowly.
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And when I do it fast.
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But
you can also pick it more,
like I do sometimes.
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So-
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Eeither like that or-
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Pick it more.
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So, that's the lick and good luck.
Thank you.
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