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Micro lick

V-dubV-dub San Francisco, CA✭✭✭✭
edited October 2005 in Licks and Patterns Posts: 324
Great idea with the licks sub-forum! I think I'll be posing here a great deal because writing these things out and explaining them forces me to understand them better.


A nice Jimmy Rosenberg Micro lick over the B section. Works great over all rhythm changes based songs and others with a similar B section (such as Stomping at Decca)


One thing about the Dutch style is at faster tempos that they like to preserve the DUDUDUDU 8th note pattern whenever possible (with the exception of switching strings -- always D), even when there are three notes on a string. This is done via hammer ons and pull offs. Notice the triplet in the first measure, and beginning of the second measure.

I think that this is the key to pulling off a lot of those licks with speed and good timing.

For visual aid, Jimmy does this lick twice (in various forms) in the video here:


And the powertab file here:

[url=] ... /micro.ptb[/url]


  • V-dubV-dub San Francisco, CA✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 324
    And while I'm at it with these changes, here's a quickie that my buddy Alex taught me. He lived in Paris for a year and picked this up from the amazing Sebastian Giniaux. They use this lick on the head of B section of Stomping at Decca on the le Collectif album, but I like throwing it in solos now.

    Its a really quirky and not-too-difficult lick that shows off an interesting use of whole tone over dominant 7ths:


    Sorry about the screwy stroke markings. Powertab is weird like that. Assume its a downstroke unless otherwise noted.

    And the power tab file: ... micro2.ptb
  • dennisdennis Montreal, QuebecModerator
    Posts: 2,159
    that last lick is the one he used on his recording of stomppin at decca, it's really cool.

    for the jimmy, it's important to know the shapes that come with the licks, or else you want know how to use it in different keys / chords

    good job on picking up the pull offs, most people often over look that , it's not just typical of the dutch, they often all do it like that , it allows you to keep the D on the downbeat whenever possible
  • dennisdennis Montreal, QuebecModerator
    Posts: 2,159
    hey v dub, maybe u should convert all my other licks into the same format , it d make things a whole lot easier to read!
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