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5 Rock And Roll Licks That Will Improve Your Soloing

Updated: 3 days ago


When we think rock and roll, we think of big bands such as led zeppelin or the rockabilly era in the 50s and many more evocations come to mind.


In this article we will be going over 5 common phrases that occur in this style of music. Which will be mostly inspired by 50s rock and roll, classic rock and some blues elements.


I will give them funny names to reference them but this isn’t reflective of what they are called or how they are communicated in real world situations.


With the first one will be called rising to heaven. No particular reason why…


Example 1: Rising To Heaven:


Rising To Heaven - Example 1 | Grokit Guitar
Rising To Heaven - Example 1 | Grokit Guitar

This is a common use of the minor pentatonic and serves as a good way to introduce your solo.


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Example 2:

Berry Good


Berry Good - Example 2 | Grokit Guitar
Berry Good - Example 2 | Grokit Guitar

This is a useful lick to sound like you were from a 50s rock and roll band. Its also a common phrase when sped up in other types of music.


 

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Example 3:

The Clap Tone


The Clap Tone - Example 3 | Grokit Guitar
The Clap Tone - Example 3 | Grokit Guitar


This is a typical lick found in rock and blues music which is a good way of expressing yourself with small and big bends.


Example 4:

The Fru Fru


The Fru Fru - Example 4 | Grokit Guitar
The Fru Fru - Example 4 | Grokit Guitar

This lick has a lot of spice due to if you can play this in faster subdivisions it’s a commonly used lick in a lot of live performances, it’s a repetitive lick that hammers home the importance of being able to sound flashy without actually doing too much technical work on the guitar.



And lastly Example 5:

The Free Dog


The Free Dog - Example 5 | Grokit Guitar
The Free Dog - Example 5 | Grokit Guitar

This lick similar to the last one if played at a faster subdivision can add some intensity to your playing and its very simple after you get the pattern. Have fun!


To get the most use out of this article try and inserting some of these phrases into your own playing or combining them.


I hope this article has been of use to you as there are many more to come in different styles and applications!




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