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Play Acoustic Guitar 6: Lick Vocabulary

Supercharge your acoustic guitar licks with this Acoustic Learning Path core course.
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Overview

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 6: Lick Vocabulary for intermediate to late intermediate students of acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 3 top TrueFire educators: Pete Huttlinger, Cathy Fink, and Matt Brandt.The Lick Vocabulary curriculum is comprised of select Acoustic guitar lessons from the educators' existing TrueFire course libraries.

Music is a language. In the same way that words and sentences are connected to form stories, musical licks and phrases are connected to form solos. And just like any language, the more robust your musical vocabulary is, the more interesting and diverse your solos will be. The video guitar lessons in this core course will equip you with an essential vocabulary of licks along with the technical skills required to take your soloing skills to the next level.

Play Acoustic Guitar 6: Lick Vocabulary is organized into 3 sections. In the first section, Matt Brandt treats you to 13 of his chord tricks to help spice up your chord vocabulary. Cathy Fink contributes 9 Americana licks, in the second section, so you'll have a few tasty lines to pull out at the next bluegrass jam. Pete Huttlinger wraps up things in the third and final section with 15 premium fingerpicking licks that will significantly advance your vocabulary.

When you've completed the lessons here in Lick Vocabulary, you'll find more lessons focused on building your vocabulary in Lick Lexicon, also a Play Acoustic Guitar 6 core course.

The educators demonstrate all of the key examples over jam tracks (where and when applicable) to simulate a real-world application, in a musical context. Key examples are also tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. Take as much time as you need to work through each video guitar lesson before moving on to the next lesson. If you want to dig deeper or wider into any of the topics covered in this core course, check out the rest of the courses in the Acoustic Learning Path where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators. Grab your guitar and let's get started!

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Play Acoustic Guitar 6: Lick Vocabulary - Introduction

01: Play Acoustic Guitar 6: Lick Vocabulary - Introduction

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 6: Lick Vocabulary for intermediate to late Intermediate students of Acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 3 top TrueFire educators: Pete Huttlinger, Cathy Fink, and Matt Brandt.

2 min
Chord Tricks - SECTION 1: Overview

02: Chord Tricks - SECTION 1: Overview

In the first section, Matt Brandt treats you to 13 of his chord tricks to help spice up your chord vocabulary so you can keep things interesting in any musical situation. These chord applications will impart a truck load of ideas for performing cover tunes or arranging and composing your own songs.

1 min
Mayor's Daughter - Trick 5

03: Mayor's Daughter - Trick 5

Mayor's Daughter - Trick 5 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Bar chords without a bar can be a very powerful tool in creating backup parts that sound thick and rich.

3 min
Inverted Pyramid - Trick 8

04: Inverted Pyramid - Trick 8

Inverted Pyramid - Trick 8 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Inversions of chords will get you new voicings that can be put to work in this more complex approach to playing backup.

3 min
Keep It Out - Trick 10

05: Keep It Out - Trick 10

Keep It Out - Trick 10 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Leaving out the third (major or minor) of a chord will get you a 'floating' sound, uneasy and uncertain.

3 min
You'd Be Mine - Trick 11

06: You'd Be Mine - Trick 11

You'd Be Mine - Trick 11 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. A chord trick often used in country and folk music.

3 min
Bottled Time - Trick 28

07: Bottled Time - Trick 28

Bottled Time - Trick 28 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Some chord tricks are just so beautiful that they show up again and again in the pop and rock charts.

2 min
Fade To White - Trick 29

08: Fade To White - Trick 29

Fade To White - Trick 29 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Close chord voicings can be achieved by playing an open string together with a fretted note.

3 min
You Did Me A Favor - Trick 30

09: You Did Me A Favor - Trick 30

You Did Me A Favor - Trick 30 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Tying chords together through one or more notes is a great trick to create solid backup parts that can be played with your eyes closed.

3 min
Robust - Trick 31

10: Robust - Trick 31

Robust - Trick 31 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Another cool way of playing chords is to not play all the chord notes at the same time, but play them sequentially.

4 min
Bottled Whine - Trick 43

11: Bottled Whine - Trick 43

Bottled Whine - Trick 43 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Another chord trick that uses a descending bass line. This time we're playing it below a major chord, which will give you some really cool progressions.

3 min
Stairway Down - Trick 44

12: Stairway Down - Trick 44

Stairway Down - Trick 44 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. This chord trick was forbidden in 'Wayne's World'. It has been overused, which of course has a reason: it's beautiful!

5 min
Walking Triads - Trick 46

13: Walking Triads - Trick 46

Walking Triads - Trick 46 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. A more complex approach to triads and inversions of dominant seventh chords, played as a backup with a walking bass.

4 min
Latin Colors - Trick 47

14: Latin Colors - Trick 47

Latin Colors - Trick 47 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Throw these chord voicings in your backup part when the song has a latin jazzy flavor.

4 min
The Devil's Chord - Trick 48

15: The Devil's Chord - Trick 48

The Devil's Chord - Trick 48 is a video guitar lesson presented by Matthieu Brandt and is sourced from 50 Chord Tricks You MUST Know. Jazzed-up blues progressions often hold a diminished seventh chord in bar six of the progression.

3 min
Americana Licks - SECTION 2: Overview

16: Americana Licks - SECTION 2: Overview

In this section, Cathy Fink's cherry-picked collection of 9 Americana licks will equip you with versatile techniques and powerful creative approaches to enhance your acoustic flatpicking and fingerpicking chops. Best of all, they're easy to learn so you can put them work immediately in your own repertoire and/or compositions.

1 min
Lucky Girl Lick - Lick 4

17: Lucky Girl Lick - Lick 4

Lucky Girl Lick - Lick 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by Cathy Fink and is sourced from 30 Acoustic Americana Guitar Licks You MUST Know. I named this lick after a song I wrote that used it, "Lucky Girl". It uses an interesting D7 with the F# in the bass, generally played with the thumb.

3 min
Drop D Fun - Lick 10

18: Drop D Fun - Lick 10

Drop D Fun - Lick 10 is a video guitar lesson presented by Cathy Fink and is sourced from 30 Acoustic Americana Guitar Licks You MUST Know. There's a touch of calypso in the approach to this lick, but you can certainly try it with other rhythmic patterns.

5 min
Bluesy Drop D - Lick 13

19: Bluesy Drop D - Lick 13

Bluesy Drop D - Lick 13 is a video guitar lesson presented by Cathy Fink and is sourced from 30 Acoustic Americana Guitar Licks You MUST Know. This lick is in drop D as well (D-A-D-G-B-E).

3 min
Tonyland One - Lick 15

20: Tonyland One - Lick 15

Tonyland One - Lick 15 is a video guitar lesson presented by Cathy Fink and is sourced from 30 Acoustic Americana Guitar Licks You MUST Know. Tony Rice brought so much innovation and new sounds to bluegrass, country, and folk-all part of Americana.

3 min
Tonyland Two - Lick 16

21: Tonyland Two - Lick 16

Tonyland Two - Lick 16 is a video guitar lesson presented by Cathy Fink and is sourced from 30 Acoustic Americana Guitar Licks You MUST Know. "Tonyland Two" builds on the previous lick. I've used it in blues, bluegrass, and solid country music - this is a power lick for sure.

4 min
Alice's Lick - Lick 18

22: Alice's Lick - Lick 18

Alice's Lick - Lick 18 is a video guitar lesson presented by Cathy Fink and is sourced from 30 Acoustic Americana Guitar Licks You MUST Know. From "Alice's Restaurant" to ragtime and blues, this is a lick every guitar player should have in their pocket.

4 min
Ragtime - Lick 22

23: Ragtime - Lick 22

Ragtime - Lick 22 is a video guitar lesson presented by Cathy Fink and is sourced from 30 Acoustic Americana Guitar Licks You MUST Know. Blues, jazz, ragtime and old-time music all use this chord progression.

6 min
The Outlaw - Lick 26

24: The Outlaw - Lick 26

The Outlaw - Lick 26 is a video guitar lesson presented by Cathy Fink and is sourced from 30 Acoustic Americana Guitar Licks You MUST Know. A simple vamp is an effective way to use right and left hand techniques.

4 min
The Lester One - Lick 27

25: The Lester One - Lick 27

The Lester One - Lick 27 is a video guitar lesson presented by Cathy Fink and is sourced from 30 Acoustic Americana Guitar Licks You MUST Know. Ever since Lester Flatt used this lick on guitar, it has been part of the toolbox of bluegrass, country, and old-time music.

3 min
Fingerpickin' Licks - SECTION 3: Overview

26: Fingerpickin' Licks - SECTION 3: Overview

Pete Huttlinger takes the wheel in this third and final section with 15 premium fingerpicking licks that will significantly advance your vocabulary. This collection will take you some time to master but you'll amaze yourself, and your listeners, once you do.

1 min
Go Tell It On The Ending - Lick 3

27: Go Tell It On The Ending - Lick 3

Go Tell It On The Ending - Lick 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. I did this on the end of my recording of "Go Tell It On The Mountain". It's a nice way to end a jazz style tune in the key of C.

2 min
Blue Country One - Lick 5

28: Blue Country One - Lick 5

Blue Country One - Lick 5 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. The first in a series of endings to a country/blues ending. This could also be used as an intro.

1 min
The Jazzy End of Country - Lick 8

29: The Jazzy End of Country - Lick 8

The Jazzy End of Country - Lick 8 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. Very close to the last two except this one is in C and has that repeated high C note on the last beat of measure 2 and the first beat of measure 3.

2 min
Walking To The End - Lick 9

30: Walking To The End - Lick 9

Walking To The End - Lick 9 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. This lick will have you walking a bass line up to the end.

2 min
Still Walkin' - Lick 10

31: Still Walkin' - Lick 10

Still Walkin' - Lick 10 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. Now let's transpose that one to the key of E and throw a little different ending on it.

2 min
Big Bill's Blooz - Lick 15

32: Big Bill's Blooz - Lick 15

Big Bill's Blooz - Lick 15 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. It's time for some slow blues after all those fast licks. This is a very cool pattern you can use on the blues in E.

4 min
Call and Answer Blues - Lick 22

33: Call and Answer Blues - Lick 22

Call and Answer Blues - Lick 22 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. Classic blues uses a call and answer. Here it is all laid out for you on one guitar.

4 min
Stop Walkin' - Lick 32

34: Stop Walkin' - Lick 32

Stop Walkin' - Lick 32 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. Now we're utilizing a descending bass line and then some great double stops and a triplet to the end.

3 min
TBPO - Lick 34

35: TBPO - Lick 34

TBPO - Lick 34 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. This will strengthen your left hand for pull-offs. You can play this one with straight eighths or as a swing feel.

2 min
A Drink With Hank - Lick 35

36: A Drink With Hank - Lick 35

A Drink With Hank - Lick 35 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. I learned this from Hank Thompson's version of Scotch and Soda. A very nice way to harmonize a descending bass line.

2 min
A Rose For You - Lick 40

37: A Rose For You - Lick 40

A Rose For You - Lick 40 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. Here is another workout on pull-offs. Play them cleanly! I love how this one goes from D, D7, F/C, A7 and back to D.

3 min
You're Not The Bossa Me - Lick 41

38: You're Not The Bossa Me - Lick 41

You're Not The Bossa Me - Lick 41 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. This is the right way to play a bossa nova. It is not the only way to play a bossa nova but you can't go wrong with this pattern.

3 min
You're Not The Bossa Me Two - Lick 42

39: You're Not The Bossa Me Two - Lick 42

You're Not The Bossa Me Two - Lick 42 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. Now we're just taking four measures at a time. Work on them diligently because it's going to get a little tricky.

2 min
You're Not The Bossa Me Three - Lick 43

40: You're Not The Bossa Me Three - Lick 43

You're Not The Bossa Me Three - Lick 43 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. Now we're keeping the right hand pattern exactly the same but the chords begin to change within the pattern.

2 min
You're Not The Bossa Me Five - Lick 45

41: You're Not The Bossa Me Five - Lick 45

You're Not The Bossa Me Five - Lick 45 is a video guitar lesson presented by Pete Huttlinger and is sourced from 50 Fingerpicking Licks You MUST Know. Now I've thrown in a twist that you're going to dig.

3 min
Play Acoustic Guitar 6: Lick Vocabulary - Conclusion

42: Play Acoustic Guitar 6: Lick Vocabulary - Conclusion

Congratulations on completing this core course in your learning path! If you want to dig deeper or wider into the topics covered in this course, check out the recommended supplementary courses where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators.

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