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The Baddest Lick of the '70s

 

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The title tells you what you need to know. You are about to learn The Baddest Lick of the '70s. You play 2 notes of this lick and everyone knows that there's about to be a funk onslaught.

There is a good deal of subtlety in learning this lick. We'll look at the the bends and pre-bends of the opening lick. While you're bending you must also use chicken pickin' in the pick hand. This isn't the easiest coordination on guitar, so take your time to nail it.

The chordal part of this riff will help you nail the groove. The chords are fairly simple because they are all three string voicings. The feel of these chords comes in mastering the strumming and muting of the pick hand. If you get this, you've practically mastered the whole song. Again, take your time to get it right. Mastering the feel is way more important than playing it fast right away.

Finally, you'll notice there's no playalong track for this lesson. That's right - no playalong. Why? Because this part is played SOLO by the guitarist. You kick this song off with no other bandmates - that's why it's so important that you nail this part from the beginning.

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