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Apr 20, 2019 - 11:02:03 AM
139 posts since 8/13/2018

.... I hear that almost everywhere these days. :)
I'll hear it a half dozen times in 20 minutes on the Bluegrass channel on Sirius.
Guess I'm just atuned into it now.

Kinda like hearing Chuck Berry licks in a lot of my 60s and 70s rock.

I wonder if classical violinists have licks, I'm betting they do.

Edited by - Doc Ivory on 04/20/2019 11:02:30

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:38:07 AM
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239 posts since 11/21/2018

Barouque music to me, would be a fair equivalent of "licks" for classical music. Handel, Haydn,Vivaldi violin concertos, etc. have many fairly standardized phrases/motifs/"licks" that are repeated often-almost formulaically. I was a classical trumpet major and I played the same "licks" often.

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:38:16 AM
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828 posts since 4/13/2017

Bluegrass banjo wouldn't be bluegrass banjo if not for that lick...wink wink

Apr 20, 2019 - 12:45:29 PM
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3066 posts since 7/12/2006

Now , see how many variations you can come up with!

Apr 20, 2019 - 2:28:35 PM
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22699 posts since 8/3/2003

I would think most instruments have licks or riffs that are used over and over. Flat pick guitarists have the Lester Flatt licks/riffs and there are many other licks/riffs that are used. Piano has a lot of phrases or licks that are used over and over. The dobro uses a lot of slide type licks.

Apr 20, 2019 - 5:35:43 PM
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3762 posts since 10/18/2007

I've often wondered why this lick is so satisfying musically.

Apr 20, 2019 - 5:52:47 PM

239 posts since 11/21/2018

Michael, my theory is that if the banjo is in open G tuning, then that lick just resolves to the base tonality of the instrument so satisfyingly. Any C or D lick will also resolve to something, of course, but seeing as you're playiing that fancy schmanzy lick in the instrument's basic key it feels more "right" than some of the others.
It would be interesting to hear if people who play in C or other tunings feel the same way about their C run/licks.

Apr 20, 2019 - 5:55:24 PM
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64 posts since 3/11/2018

You can’t feel the satisfaction until you have it licked!

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:11:35 AM
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9 posts since 12/29/2012

If Coltrane can repeat a lick, it’s ok to repeat a lick.


Apr 21, 2019 - 9:02:54 AM

139 posts since 8/13/2018

Originally posted by stevo58

If Coltrane can repeat a lick, it’s ok to repeat a lick.


Yep, and so many do.

i used to recycle my leads in certain tunes. 

Apr 27, 2019 - 11:57:57 AM
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1922 posts since 4/5/2006

Whenever I speak of the G run/lick, it is always preceeded by Lester Flatt. Many have added to it, or refined it, but it started with Lester & that big ole' Martin D28. He owned that lick.   

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