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Lick of the Week 40: Vince Guaraldi Christmas Lick

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Thanksgiving is over, so naturally that means Christmas season has begun. The album that gets the most rotation around here is Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas." On the opening track of the album, "O Tannenbaum," he plays a lick that is repeated in variations throughout the entire album, and it's stuck in my head as THE Vince Guaraldi Christmas Lick. At least, that's what I call it.

This is not a particularly easy lick for guitar, but it's manageable. I tried to figure out a universally easiest way to play it--fingering, slurs, positions, etc. Pour yourself some eggnog and rum, get your metronome, and start working on this slowly. It's easier than finding the burnt out bulb in your strand of Christmas lights!


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