In the world of bluegrass, improvisation is essential. And, more times than not, players will base improvisations off of a song’s main melody. To further this notion, it’s important to note that it can greatly help a player’s improvisational abilities if they already have a larger vocabulary of licks to pick from.
In his course, 30 Bluegrass Licks You MUST Know, Roberto Dalla Vecchia helps you expand this vocabulary. This way, when it’s your turn to improvise, you fingers will already be geared up to play some tasteful lines.
Here are 5 free bluegrass licks
Guitar Lesson – Pull Off Tricks
Starting with this lick, let’s learn some licks in the key of G, the king of all keys in the flatpicking world. This lick uses a very common three-note pattern that can be easily played really fast. Pay attention to the picking directions I’ve noted down.
Guitar Lesson – Tony’s Stamp
A personal favorite. This comes from the endless bag of licks of Tony Rice. Watch your timing while playing all those pull-offs.
Guitar Lesson – Fancy D
This dominant lick is so classy, the open E string is our friend and it fits perfectly! Very useful when you’re up the neck and you need to close your solo.
Guitar Lesson – Double Exposure
Lick 28 is based on a very common chord progression: I V I I. This lick combines typical Tony Rice double stops with a short (1 measure) D dominant lick.
Guitar Lesson – Pull The Trigger
Another symmetrical lick that works so good on this sequence of dominant chords. Learn it slowly first making sure all the pick strokes are correct, and then it will be very easy to speed it up.
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