Chromatic Swirl

The lick I want to show you today is basically a chromatic one which is shifted up a half step every section. The notes decend while the whole pattern is ascending. Combined with some speed, it creates a swirl effect which could scare someone - or make him throw up. In this case, the sequence is played over a E minor progression, but try to throw it in wherever you like - maybe on the next blues jam to loosen things up a bit. As it is chromatic, and typically used more as a sound effect, you don't really have to worry about what key you are in, just play it as cleanly as possible!

The tapped notes are played with the edge of the pick. I do this for two reasons:

1. The sound has more attack and is clearer compared to when tapped with the index finger.

2. It is hard to squeeze the right hand finger next to the other four left hand fingers, especially in the upper frets.

To practice this monster, break it down to one string at a time first and then combine them - or maybe come up with your own variations. But keep it chromatic for at least 70% of the lick to gain the effect. Keep playing fluently at slower speeds and then slowly accelerate. Keep your fingers as close to the fretboard as possible - 'cause that's where you need them!

Don't forget to have fun - and don't blame me if your cat gets sick...


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Keep the notes flying.

Sven Stichter was born in 1974, raised in Germany and first picked up the guitar when he was 13. He completed his studies at the American Institute of Music (A.I.M.) at age 17.

After having been focused on rock and metal, his musical interests diversified into other styles such as pop, country, hip and trip hop without losing sight of the essentials of being a good guitarist and performer.

Tone, musicality, technical ability, a good commercial ear combined with his own personal magic have made Stichter a well booked musician in a variety of categories.

Sven Stichter