Full Shred with Marty Friedman: Relocating Familiar Melodic Ideas and Patterns Up and Down the Fretboard

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A great way to discover new licks and melodic patterns is to take a lick, melodic shape or note sequence that you often use and move it to different areas of the fretboard.

The benefits of this approach are two-fold. First, the licks and phrases are physically comfortable for you to play because you are already intimately familiar with them.

Second, without the lick posing any new technical challenge, you are more able to focus on hearing how the idea works over a alternate root notes.