Six Classic Guitar Licks

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Do you want to know what really good guitar is?  This page lists 6 of the greatest guitar leads of all time. They are a refreshing challenge for the beginner to intermediate players. 

Here is the tab for the video:

1. “Brown Eyed Girl”

This riff is fun to play. Begin the first measure and the third measure ( they are identical ) by placing your 1st finger on the seventh fret on the “high E” string, and place your 2nd finger on the eighth fret on the “B” string. Play that once, and then move your 1st finger to the eighth fret on the “high E” string and your 2nd finger on the tenth fret on the “B” string. Move both of those fingers down to the tenth and twelfth frets on the same strings, and then play the beginning part of the measure just as you did before, but this time, just reverse the chord placements.

The second measure is pretty much the same idea. Place your fingers just as you did in the first measure, but just on the different frets that are shown on the tablature.

The fourth measure is the only real different measure in the intro. Play this measure by placing your 1st finger on the fifth fret on the “high E” string. Place your 3rd finger on the seventh fret on the “G” string. Play those together, using your fingers to pick, and then you can either use your 3rd finger again for the “B” string, or you can use your 2nd finger. Play the seventh fret on that string, and then move to the eighth fret with either finger. Play the fifth fret with your 1st finger again, and the intro riff is finished!

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2. “Crossroads”

Here’s a few licks from Eric Clapton from the song “Crossroads”.

Lick 1

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Lick 2

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Lick 3

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3. “Johnny B. Goode”

This classic riff will be a load of fun to play. It is considered intermediate because of the speed and the slides that you will be playing. It is a strong challenge for beginners, but with a lot of practice you should begin making some progress with it.

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4. “One”

Here’s a fairly easy part. It may not be something you can pick up right away, but with a little practice you should be able to get it pretty close to the original song.

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5. “Pride and Joy”

This one is not physically hard to play, but pay close attention to the timing and rhythm. It is a carefully constructed lick from the blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan that closes out the instrumental opening to “Pride And Joy”.

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6. “Stairway To Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

This one is tougher than the rest.  After all, it has fast passages, wailing bends and intricate phrasing.  It’s a fun challenge. Give it a go!

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