It’s no secret that Guthrie Govan is a monster Rock Fusion Guitar Player. cool Jazz Line using Chromatic Notes and the Melodic Minor Scale. yeah thats cool, once ive finished my A levels i’m going to one of the following, GIT/ ACM / BIMM, BIMM would be cool with Guthrie teaching. Licks in the Style of Guthrie Govan Guitar Lesson Tutorial. One thing that is very apparent in Guthrie’s style is the way he chooses to use chromatic notes.

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Guthrie Govan – Chromatic Lick Lesson – Chromatic Licks – [PDF Document]

Mike SalowRick Graham Total lessons in study: Guthrie Govan is known as one of the most versatile and talented guitarist in the world. In this study, you’ll get special insights into his unique playing. Playing Licks like Guthrie. Licks in the Style of Guthrie Govan: Thought I’d throw out another ‘Licks in the Style of This time we’re covering the amazing Guthrie Govan! Personally, Guthrie is a huge influence on my playing and I had a lot of fun making this tutorial.

One thing that is very apparent in Guthrie’s style is the way he chooses to use chromatic note This is a fast one! I actually use this lick guthrje lot in live situations. The way I’m thinking of this lick is being based around three pentatonic shapes to which I’ve added gguthrie chromatics, the blues note, or notes from dorian.

Make sure to pay govqn to the slides that are happening. The slides give this lick This one is Guthrie at his core.

It uses a lot of different techniques and some interesting note chooses. The really nutty part is the sweep that happens in the middle of this lick. It utilizes the major 7 Gbringing outside for that one millisecond. Take this very slow! The tab tuthrie exact and there is a lot Lick 4 The last lick is a gutthrie lick that uses some 7th chord arpeggios. Very similar to the video on Guthrie’s arpeggios that a did I while.

If you’ve not mastered the technique previously it would be beneficial to take this slow and use each arpeggio as an exercise in itself. Have fun chhromatic these licks! Have fun with the backing track guys.


This lesson was created with inspiration from the following: Alrighty, let’s kick off the proceedings with the first lick. Guthrie tends to use this kind of idea within his improvisations with great effect. I really like that kind of unexpected burst of notes and to achieve the govwn effect, it is very important to get the rhythm dead on.

Practice this very slowly maintaining control OK, time to take a deep breath as this one is a challenge! I try to see this whole pattern as one entire lick rather than segments pieced together. Of course, it will be necessary to subdivide the parts so that you can put them together when you are ready to do so but it really helps me to see it as one lick.

This final Lick is very reminiscent of Guthrie’s style of playing and is one that he uses on a regular basis. It is made easier by the fact that the shapes used on each successive string are exactly the same. The lick will test your ability to shift positions with accuracy so practice carefully!

Muting is also essential he OK let’s nail this solo!

One of the most important aspects of this first section is the string bending and control of intonation. You must practice with the aim of getting perfect intonation and complete control over your manipulation over the strings. It will not cut it even if you are a fraction out so make sure you are Notice how the motifs start developing here. Including motivic development within this solo was a vital part of capturing the style of Guthrie’s playing.

If you analyse any of his solos, the majority of which I feel are improvised, you will find a masterful control over motivic development. Lets continue further into the world of Mr Govan!

Guthrie Govan – Chromatic Lick Lesson – Chromatic Licks

Again the use of gughrie development occurs here in a sequential chromatic pattern which ascends on the top e string by step. With these legato patterns try to keep as light a touch as possible as this will yield the best results. Righty then, lets seperate the guuthrie from th OK, the legato madness continues to greater heights! This section is where the solo reaches its dynamic peak in the tapped string skipped arpeggio again commonly used by Mr Govan!


At this point I’d like to comment on uhe use of ogvan damping tools. During these kind of tapped passages which invariably present some challe Hang in there guys we’re almost there!

This final section includes a very often used ‘Guthrie-ism’ in the final string skipped tapping lick. The actual pattern is based on the pentatonic scale and the beauty of this kind of pattern is that once you have learned it on one string, when you skip strings to gjthrie it an octave Here’s the backing track for you. Once you feel that you have nailed every lick of the solo, try it at full tempo along with the backing track.

A Guthrie Govan Lick in E Minor with Chromatic Notes – with Tablature

Be sure to post any recordings, be it audio or video, for everyone at the forums to check out. Tapping 7th Chord Arpeggios like Guthrie Govan: In this tutorial we’ll be discussing tapped arpeggios ala Guthrie Govan. Tapping 7th chord arpeggios this way can give your line a very unique sound. Keep in mind that all of these arpeggios are being played in 3rd inversion with the 7th of the arpeggio being played first. For example a Cmaj7 has C – E So onto our first 4 arpeggios diatonic to C major.

They again are Cmaj7 – Dm7 – Em7 – Fmaj7. I – ii – iii – IV Again these will all be played in 3rd inversion so: Now onto our other 3 arpeggios within C major.

G7 – Am7 – Bm7b5. Again, in 3rd inversion. These licks are nothing special but I thought it would be a quick easy way to start using these arpeggios. Remember to start slow and gradually speed up. Also, focus on keeping the taps, hammer ons, and pull offs dynamically equal!


Like I said this track may sound familiar since it has been used in several other of my tutorials but it fits since we’re in C Major. Sign Up Lost Password.