Tricks & Licks 

March 2012 -- I sent Guitarist Alan Warner a thank you for the book he wrote "One Hundred Lead Licks For Guitar"  This book really put my playing over the top! Using his idea's and lead tricks my leads came together. I had a lot of lead guitar idea's -- But -- How do I tie everything together. This book did it for me. I wrote Alan to thank him and I wanted to put his links and information here. I figured if it helped me more than any other book the readers of this site might also flourish in their playing. Alan wrote back with-in a couple day's. I have never had such a complimentary E-mail.  "And" I have received some great E-mail's .This is a real feather in my hat. Receiving this kind of compliment from a real well known  professional.. The lead licks below are his. This is his web-site and I cannot plug his books enough. To top it off he is just one of us! Except unlike me he has talent. Check this out. You might be doing yourself a favor! That Good.
The best example of pentatonic riffs / licks is the band KISS. I have never been a fan of KISS. Probably because
when KISS was huge I was listening to YES. Time frame would be when Close To The Edge came out
So, if you know KISS then you know Ace (the original guitarist from the  KISS). If you want to know how all these pentatonic licks work
Listen to his leads.
I really believe he is a genius in putting
pentatonic licks together. If you learn his licks you will be able to play just about any rock and roll/metal/new country/Etc. songs. It is that important. Besides it makes you sound "way" better that you know you are. Works for me. I have had people play air guitar, applause and compliments from these hooks. No kidding! You know you are doing it right when you see a couple guys in the audience playing air guitar while your doing a lead. Almost an ego trip.

I will be starting in Pentatonics 101
These leads licks make me sound way better than I really am.
Isn't that the idea! I will start shortly.


This is a great lick ala Mike Bloomfield. The first measure is the "Holy Grail" lick.  If you leave out the last note in that first measure. Repeat it slowly and speed it up as you get comfortable. The trick is to make each note heard and not mashed together. You can tell what key your in by your first finger placement on the high E string. This would be in D. Being the E string is being depressed on the tenth fret.(10th fret High E String) That simple to tell.

Below is another pentatonic "Holy Grail" Lick. Actual two of them. You can split them up and add them to different parts of a lead. Once again you first finger on the high E string is the key your in. Drop the first lick (first picture) down to the fifth fret (A) and add them together. First lick then the next and repeat. Mix it up. All of a sudden you sound way better than you know you are "And" that's fun. You can turn peoples heads with these two licks.


I have been busy with the other parts of this site for a couple months. I will start this month on this page. There are a ton of tricks in a basic Pentatonic Scale. It is a box pattern of notes on the guitar neck that no matter which note you play it will sound good. As long as you are in the right key. I promise you will be playing to a point that you musicians buddies will be lifting an eyebrow when they hear you play some of these licks/tricks. The best guitarist I have ever heard put these licks and tricks together is Ace Frehley of Kiss. While my ego back in those days would only let me listen to guitarists like Steve Howe and Jeff Beck and Joe Walsh and Leslie West and Ritchie Blackmore and ETC-- all the Impossibly too talented to believe guitarists of the day. I still can't make Yes's Roundabout intro sound right. If I would have pulled my ego out of my butt and listened to Ace I would have been a very in demand guitarist back then. I tell ya Ace is a genius putting all these catch trick/licks into a steady head turning lead. I still can't handle Kisses songs that well but I can make it thru to Ace's lead. By the way-when I play my Les Paul thru My Marshall and do these pentatonic leads I have had more that one guy playing air guitar at the same time while I played and to top it off I have had applause from the audience. I thought somebody famous had walked in the room. THAT was a shock! I will also make this pictures of the written music look better. I just haven't experimented enough--Yet!


Pinched Harmonics

This is what Billy Gibbons [ZZ Top] does a lot. Regular harmonics are on the Twelfth, Seventh and Fifth frets. I have read Mr. Gibbons use's a Mexican Pesos because of the hard edges of the coin.

Like a bar chord lightly touch the strings and pull of immediately after striking the strings. Make sure you are exactly over the metal fret. If you are in the spot you normally would finger for a note will not work. Back when I was first learning the guitar they were called "Chimes."
Pinched harmonic--Hold your pick like you normally do. Barley extend the pick from thump and first finger. 1/8 inch or so. As you pick the side of your thumb should barley touch the string after you pick to deaden the string. Almost immediately in one motion. This should work every time you pick this way. Many different harmonics will come out with every pick attack. This is so simple it is hard. You will find it sometimes too easy when your trying a lead. You can pinch a harmonic when you do not intend too.
Which Type Of Pick To Use?
 I use three different thickness'. Normal shaped pick. The shape is your personal preference. I use Heavy picks when doing a hard rock or metal lead. Gives me a chunky-hard attack on the strings. Medium picks I use for chord work with some leads. Light picks for slow songs where chord work needs to be really smooth. I believe jazz guitarists us light picks for their chord and lead work. Really soft and smooth tone. This all is personal preference. This is what works for me playing many different styles of music in a dance band. This may be common knowledge to most. I have been in guitar shops where a customer comes in and has the guy behind the counter change the guitars strings. What is simple to some is difficult to other. Never knock a fellow musician down. Just remember how much you hate it when another guitarist snubs his nose at you. We are hear to help others so they can enjoy playing an instrument as much a we do.




 Yes, this is a real one. One of a hundred was what I was told. I paid $1200.
The guitar is worth $5,000 supposedly.
I bought this for my fortieth birthday. Fourteen years ago. I put it in the guitar vault and just recently played it for the first time at band practice. With the "Kalamazoo" setting this guitar sprang to life. Notice that to make that setting correct the slots on the screws have to align in a certain way. Very Important!



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