I love Licks! Learning licks is a great way to quickly feel confident learning the guitar. There are all sorts of Licks book available, but the best one for a beginner is — “Hal Leonard’s Lead Licks” — because that book will give you 220 Licks and five playing styles and a CD to help you study.
Take a look at the cover of this “Albert King” signature licks DVD. Just looking at the cover en passant, you would think you are going to watch Albert teaching you signature licks just as he did with Stevie Ray Vaughan in Session. No so fast! Read the small print in the left gutter on the DVD cover and you’ll see “Featuring Andy Aledort” spelled out and that little text phrase means there’s no Albert King on the DVD. You get Andy pretending to be Albert and you feel cheated.
In our final — for now! — Hot Licks DVD series Blues review, Ronnie Earl joins us to teach us how to play “Blues Guitar with Soul.” One thing you gotta love about Ronnie’s teaching style is that he’s relaxed and calm. There are audio problems with the DVD as his voice fades in and out. At times, Ronnie seems a little confused and uncertain — a kinder editor could’ve saved him from those broadcast lapses in memory — and the included printed TABs are poor quality and hard to read.
Arlen Roth is a SuperGenius guitar teacher who invented the “Hot Licks” series of instructional DVDs. My favorite Arlen Roth video is “150 Electric Hot Licks for Rock, Blues, Country, Rockabilly and R&B Guitar.” A “lick” is a short musical passage that punctuates a song. Some songs are made from many licks linked together.