Welcome back! Today I wanna share with you some awesome sounding spanish guitar licks.
When I think about spanish guitar, exotic scales is the first thing that comes to my mind. There are many exotic scales out there, especially since there are so many systems and ways of seeing a scale; but I wanna show you a really cool and not that hard way of playing spanish guitar licks. You know most spanish guitar licks I find online are boring, but the ones I’m gonna show you sound great; I even use them a lot.
Out of all the exotic scales you think of, the one I use the most for spanish guitar licks is probably the less exotic one. The scale I’m talking about is the Mixolydian b9 b13. This scale is actually the 5th mode of the Harmonic Minor scale, which means that If you start the harmonic minor scale from its 5th note, then you will playing a Mixolydian b9 b13 scale.
A great chord to use with the following lick I’m gonna share with you is the A7; you can either loop it or add a Bb right after. Let’s check out the first lick:
Pretty cool right? It’s also very simple, just to give you an idea of what this is. A spanish guitar player would most likely play it with the fingers; you can use a pick. I personally prefer to play it with a pick, unless I’m playing a classical guitar.
The next lick is a little bit more complicated. It combines alternate picking with legato and supposedly it should be played at a faster tempo, but you definitely practice it at a much slower tempo. Let’s check it out:
Now the last lick I wanna share with you, is very useful for classical guitar. Open strings just sound great in this style; really. The next lick is built on a open scale position, which is usually taught to beginners, but as you can see it doesn’t mean that it is a beginner position. In fact, it sounds really good. Let’s check it out:
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