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The 'Memphis' Lick
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The 'Memphis' Lick

This lesson is really a natural extension of the previous lesson on 9th chord slides. The "Memphis” lick, which takes it's name from the Chuck Berry tune of the same name, is based primarily on these 9th chord positions.

T-Bone Walker was one of the first famous guitarists to utilize this classic lick. But it was Chuck Berry — basically Walker's musical “offspring” — who took it to a hotter, more "rock and roll" place. Guitarist Lonnie Mack also used it in the early ‘60s on some of his more famous instrumentals, and literally hundreds of other artists have also used it on similar recordings.

The “Memphis” lick can also help you better understand the “extensions” of the 9th chord positions. As with many similar positions, it is not always necessary to play the whole chord, and it's very important to know that you can use these partial forms when needed. I'll show you how to concentrate on using some of these partial, or two-note, forms, as well as other 9th chord positions. You'll be making some great music in no time!—Arlen Roth

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Arlen Roth

Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar. Read More...

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