In this MicroLesson (ML046) you’ll learn how to play a rhythm pattern in the key of A that includes 2 easy fill licks. I’ll also show you how to transpose this and play it in any key.
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Slow Walkthrough in A
Slow Walkthrough in C
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hey it’s good to be taking the first comment , great little fast lesson as i need to get back EP236 to work on Slide .Especially like the key change of C which makes it much more challenging but worthwhile to know how to transpose .
meredith b says
Nice to have a more beginner/intermediate lesson available.Hope more simplified lessons for the future.This lesson encouraged me to renew yearly subscription.Thanks.
Brent N says
Hi Brian, my only “complaint” is that you keep coming up with lessons faster than I can learn them!!
Another great lesson, very simple but so effective.
(by simple, I mean it will only take me a few weeks to nail it).
Richard C says
I thought I was he only one
Cliff Carbaugh says
HA! I take several MONTHS just to get a little bit familiar with a lesson from Brian! 😮
Philippe G says
Same here! I take one of the regular lessons and keep at it for a couple of months, prior to changing to a new one.
Kenneth M says
Yep, I keep jumping from one lesson to another because they all look so good.
John T says
Awesome!! just saw this for the first time, Recently became a premium member and am so pleased with the quality of lessons. Money very very well spent. Thank you!!
Raymond P says
Great lesson Brian
Brian K says
Brian….great inspiring micro-lesson.
U make guitar playing fun and where people can’t wait to pick up their guitar.
Can u plz explain how the fill licks fit in with the cords. The fill lick notes seems mostly to show up in the A Harmonic major…. Also…how does one know that these licks will work with the other cords in the A major 1/4/5 sequence being used?
I really appreciate how u are teaching us by explaining where in music theory it comes from and not just making us memorize..
Thank you…and keep it up….
….enjoying being a premium member…
– Brian K
John C says
Not that I’m all that knowledgeable, but I believe that the first lick is 1st position (G-shape) A-major pentatonic scale with the “blue” note (flat 5th) added in. And the second lick using double-stops (the harmonic 3rds?) is a run-up and down from the 2nd chord (Bm) to the 3rd chord (Cm) and then back down to the 2nd and then 1st chord (A major). So, Bm-slide to Cm-Bm-A.
Is that what you were curious about?
John C says
Oops! I meant C#m instead of Cm 🙂
Ed W says
Great little lesson.
I was actually having a similar question as above.
What scale does the first lick relate to?
Ed W says
A major pentatonic.
Answered my own question
I think I had a light bulb moment in my brain for this lesson! Easy, but very effective little lick.
kevin w says
Greetings from Byron bay Australia ..good ones Brian
Just become premium member again after a couple years off and so great to have these lessons again. I’ve tried many places for learning online and I feel like I learn the most here. The ONLY problem I have here is I have a hard time focusing on one thing. Happy New Year all.
Diolch yn fawr Brian. Thank you very much, in language of Wales UK.
Leon W says
Very good lesson thanks
john b says
Hi Brian, how do you use it when playing a song
Malcolm A says
Have followed your lessons for a few months now BECAUSE they are all MELODIC
Simple reason eh !!! Unfortunately, I can,t keep up with them, My fingers are too old and stiff ( arthritis ) and my brain is too old and stiff (old age, not arthritis !!!! )
I wish you had been doing these lessons when I was 15 (ie 60 years ago ) I appreciate
this is well before your time, but you keep on pumping them out, and I,ll keep on struggling.
These are definately the best on- line lessons and teaching aids I,ve seen in 16 years.
Congratulations !!!!!!! Malcolm Aiston
Norman M says
Please clarify for me regarding what I understood from your CAGED lesson. You reference ‘off an A shape chord’ for the rhythm fills, but is it actually from the G chord shape pentatonic scale.?
Don M says
Nice pieces thank you! What model guitar are you playing. Don
Hi Brian… so impressed with your mini lessons and the ability to slow things down as well as print out a variety of formats.
You continue to be an inspiration to me and I’m certain to the myriad of novice guitarists out there.
Please ,keep up the awesome work.
Lawrence H says
Thank you Brian.
Michael C says
Can someone please tell me what model Martin Brian is playing in this lesson?
Drew D says
wow, i’m glad I joined Active Melody! such good and sometimes simple lessons. thanks brian!!
Again, another cool tune that I can play , much slower, but gives me a fun time trying to play . You continue to inspire me to learn. Thanks!
John C says
Nice one, Brian. Thank you 🙂