Surprisingly Slick 6ths Licks

Muting the 2nd String with the edge of the 1st finger.If you’re sick of the same single note guitar solo licks try surprising yourself and others with some slick 6ths notes played as double stops. A 6th is where the 2 notes are played 6 notes apart from each other in a scale. For example a C and an A note form a 6th as A is 6 notes away from C in a C major scale.

These double stops 6ths are 2 strings apart meaning that if you’re playing the notes simultaneously with a pick you have to mute the unwanted middle string with the edge of the fretting finger. Alternately you can pluck the 2 strings required to play the 6th with your fingers.

Guitar 6th Double Stop

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Blues Intro Lick
One of the most commonly played licks using 6ths is this blues intro lick based around the E major chord.  The first 2 notes of B and G# are from the E chord. The notes then move chromatically down to a G# and E which is are also note from the E chord.

E Blues Intro 6th Lick

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Blues 6 to 9 Chords Slides
Another great 6th based lick you can play in the blues are licks based on sliding between the notes of the 6th chord and the 9th chord. The examples include the chord diagrams so you can see where the notes in the lick come from. This lick can be used as part of a solo or as a rhythm guitar pattern.

Blues 6 to 9 6th Licks

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Moveable Chord Patterns 1 & 3 Strings
Here is a moveable 6th lick that can be used over its relevant chord. You can vary the rhythm and how you can slide between these notes to make the lick fit various grooves and styles of music.

1 & 3 Strings 6ths Lick

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Moveable Chord Patterns 2 & 4 Strings
This lick can also be played on strings 2 and 4 to match relevant chords too.

2 & 4 Strings 6ths Lick

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Moveable Chord Patterns on 3 & 5 Strings
Of course it can also be played on strings 3 & 5

3 & 5 Strings 6ths Lick

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Double stop 6ths are slick way to break up single note solos. See if you add some surprising 6th licks and riffs to your own guitar solos.

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