How to Turn One Lick into Five

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If you’ve ever come up short for musical ideas, this video could be just the thing to help you out.

Titled “How to Turn 1 Lick into 5,” it features guitar instructor Robert Baker demonstrating how to do exactly what the title says.

“We’ve all got licks that we use all the time, and sometimes it’s nice to be able to apply the same techniques and patterns and sequences into a different-sounding version of the same thing,” Robert says.

“We’re gonna take a simple idea and twist it and turn it and take it all over the place.”

Robert also provides tab, which you can grab at his website, or at this link.

Try applying this to one of your own licks. For that matter, take a lick written by someone else and see if you can use these techniques to turn it into something of your own.

For more of Robert’s videos, check out his YouTube channel, visit his web site, and consider supporting him and his efforts on You can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as purchase lesson packs and Skype lessons.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.