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Brent Mason Chicken Picking Lick

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Here is a chicken picking guitar lick in the style of Brent Mason. I didn't add any vocal instruction, because I wasn't sure how to explain how to play this. It is quite advanced playing, and there are a lot of things going on with the left and right hand. If you have any questions, post them in my forum or as a comment below and I will try and help.

The first 3 notes on the B string are E, F, and D#, while the A# on the E string stays put. The first note E is hammered-on up to F. I wrote is as a bend in the Tab, but it's really a hammer-on with the middle and ring finger. I use Guitar Pro 5 for writing this down, and if I use a hammer-on when entering the notes, I can't get it to sound right. The GP5 file sounds correct when played.

Update! Chris S. has kindly supplied me with a correct GP5 file - Thanks a lot, Chris!

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Robert said...

Roy, thanks for the kind comment!
Thanks everyone else too, who have expressed their support!

Comment added on May 03, 2013
Roy Stewart said...

Hi Robert,Thanks for all your wonderful lessons. You are not only a fine guitar player and teacher, but I believe even a better human being.
With Thanks, Roy Stewart

Comment added on May 03, 2013
BillC said...

Not particularly keen on this style, but you have to learn it if you want to advance
GP is a must , I've tried song surgeon but don't really like it for music. I think it would be good for my golf swing

Comment added on December 02, 2011
Brett said...

A great resource into Brent Mason's double-stops, hybrid picking and pentatonics! (...and the downloads)! Thanks, Robert Renman &

Comment added on October 02, 2010
Bruce said...

Pretty hard to do. As to verifying the tab, run it through Celemony software and slow it down (free trial)Celemony also gives you what note is playing

Comment added on October 01, 2010
Robert said...

Thanks Chris, this kind of lick is hard to explain for me. I wanted to try a non-verbal video for this one. I used GP5 to write the tab and notation, and it sounds right when you listen to it through GP5, but I know it's not perfect. Please, if you have better tab, see what you can come up with to make it better. Thanks!

Comment added on August 30, 2009
Chris said...

I just wanted to say although I think this lesson, like your other ones, is pretty cool, it could use more explanation. I do think it's good practice for people to try to figure out how licks are played, but your GP5 file is also a little misleading and not just when it comes to the legato parts. If you'd like, I could make a more accurate tab for this.

Thanks for all the lessons; I've learned a lot.

Comment added on August 30, 2009
The Rev said...

I printed out the notation for this, and it doesn't seem to quite jive with what I see you playing in the video.

Comment added on June 26, 2009

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