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Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by James Hall, Jan 27, 2020.
Will learning licks help train your ear? Searched and didn't find anything.
Yes, learning licks, or anything else (by ear) will help train your ear. Even learning them off paper will help since they'll get into your head.
I was lost, I had to google the difference between a lick and a riff.
Yes ... copy borrow steal until you develop your own unique voice ....
Thanks for being helpful!!!
That's exactly how most people develop their ears.
maybe or perhaps... the problem with learning LICKS is not understanding how they came to be, why are they even a lick ? So we learn a "lick" in the key of E, then we go play and all of a sudden the singer says, nope we are playing in "A". now what ?
Licks are indeed kool if we break them down to see how they are derived, then we can play them in any position. The ear training part is hearing how the ROOT relates to the entire phrase.
The Lick is Melodic, usually single notes playing a melodic "line". The Riff is rhythmic, usually power chords or multiple notes at once.
Yes many folk dont know that it causes alot of confusion, maybe learning licks from actual solos is best and of course your favourite songs, i myself i found that more interesting. Except i learnt a few of Shawn Lane licks they sound good even slower, the penatonic crossover one all over the neck come in very useful his lessons are on the net btw.
I load MP3s into Audacity (freeware) and slow down 25% - enables you to slowly hear and practice the lick/passage/solo until you nail the notes, timing and feel.
Imitation is the first step in innovation!!!!
The most important thing that learning to play licks by ear does for you is it trains you to recognize intervals. You’ll learn to play the lick well enough to play it in the song it came from and even to quote from it in other songs. But once you’ve learned to recognize and hear intervals you’ll be able to combine them into original solos. If this makes sense to you, you can get better with intervals and solos by building solos off chords like many country guitarists do. Once you get REALLY good with intervals, you can begin to explore modal scales. Keep at it. No one ever did better knowing less and no one did well at all without practicing what they learned until they know it.
Move 5 frets up the board?
You don't know what a lick is? What about THE lick?
Depends on your definition of “learning”.
Developing the ability to play a certain lick or riff without understanding it’s role in a musical context will not improve your ear.
And that would be the point, play what we learn in multiple KEYS and fretboard positions !
If we do that we're not actually playing a "lick" anymore, we are playing the fretboard from a different root position. We are prepared. Hopefully !
If you're going to go to the trouble, learn how to play said lick in various keys, and/or various positions on the fretboard.
JL LI is right about interval training.
Its not actually" going thru the trouble "playing up / down the fretboard in various keys/positions, , it is playing in intervals !