Practice Journal: D Minor Pentatonic Sextuplets

Today’s lick from my personal notebook is a flurry of sextuplets that would be quite at home in a D Minor context.  The lick begins with some string skipping, which creates the effect of a pseudo-arpeggio.  Then we transition into a downward scalar passage.

Note that I’m using two positions of D Minor Pentatonic simultaneously — namely, the e and d-forms — to facilitate sweeping. 

For a little extra finesse, try “accidentally” catching the fourth string in your bend at the end.  Because the wound strings are slow to change pitch, the fourth string F might stay pretty much unaltered while you’re bending the C to D.  With distortion, this can create a nice clash of overtones.


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