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Published on Oct 23, 2012
Here is a quick lesson that was done for Ultimate-Guitar.com (June 2012)
This lick is a b Harmonic minor run beginning with an alternate picking sequence that outlines a Gmaj#11 arpeggio. Next is a classic sweep picking example going through two different inversions of the V chord of b harmonic minor, F# maj. This starts out with an ascending six string root position triad arpeggio followed by a descending and ascending three string 2nd inversion and a fifth string root position arpeggio. This leads right into a descending three octave alternate picked b harmonic minor run that begins on the G note on the high E string 15th fret. The notes of this run are G F# D C# B A# omitting the E.
Once the third octave is complete, the index finger shifts a half step from the A# on the sixth string, 6th fret to the B and begins an ascending b minor arpeggio. Once reaching the fifth of the chord (F#) on the high E string 14th I throw an extension of a b13 (G) using my 4th finger then using the T2 T3 tapping technique, tap the octave at the high E string 19th fret and the 9 (C#) at the 21st fret pulling off to the octave, b13, 5th and b3rd (B G F# D) then using the sweep picking technique descending the rest of the b minor arpeggio. This leads into an ascending second inversion C# fully diminished arpeggio starting on the b5 (G) on the fifth string 10th fret. This arpeggio makes multiple inversions before leading back into the beginning G maj#11 arpeggio that began the lick. Finally ending with the most cliché baroque sounding harmonic minor ending I could come up with: a classic V-i cadence. Thanks a lot for watching the video and reading this nonsense. Have fun with this little melodic exercise.