This month, we'll look at fast-and-furious repetition licks in the styles of five Eighties rock guitar shred gods. Using these kinds of licks during at least one point in a solo in a cornerstone of rock lead guitar playing and is an effective device for raising energy and intensity.
This month, we look at five classic repetition licks that incorporate string bends.These kinds of licks have been a key element of rock soloing since the mid Fifties, with pioneering players like Chuck Berry creating iconic licks that generations of guitarist have built upon since.
This style developed from the late 1960s, reaching its peak of popularity in the mid 1970s, and showcased the highest levels of musicianship through lengthy, epic and often highly intricate compositions. Bands like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Yes, Caravan, King Crimson, Gentle Giant and Rush would push the conventional boundaries of rock music, drawing inspiration from folk, classical, jazz and eastern styles, usually heavily themed around a central story, each track an element in an overall concept.