Guitarist Cameron Mizell

New York Guitarist & Composer

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Lick of the Week 40: Vince Guaraldi Christmas Lick

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, 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.

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Latest Online Lesson on

A few months ago I posted my first online lesson written for Premier Guitar, called Fretboard Workshop: Using Triads to Create a Solo. I recently wrote follow up to that lesson, expanding a rather simple concept to incorporate non-chord tones into your solos. You'll find the lesson here: Fretboard Workshop: Non-Chord Tone Soloing. I also created a longer version of the backing track associated with both lessons. Here it is, for your practicing enjoyment.

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Happy picking!

Lick of the Week 37: Chicken Pickin' Guitar Lick in E

This week's lick is fast, but the slurs and hybrid picking make it easier than it sounds. I play it slowly in the video twice. The first time, pay attention to my left hand to see how I slide up into 4th position. The second time through watch my picking hand to see how I hybrid pick the second half of the lick.

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