Essential Licks - Gary Moore

No matter if he plays rock or blues, the Irish guitarist Gary Moore is always full of feeling. His licks, coming from the blues tradition or invented by Moore for his rock and prog projects, are among the most memorable and imitated by guitar players.

We begin with several classic blues licks that Moore uses in one of his blues covers, Cold Day In Hell:

Cold Day In Hell

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Here is a short lick from Story Of the Blues that uses a "high drone":

Story Of the Blues

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In the heat of the most vibrating solos, Moore often plays fast licks. Once again, Story Of the Blues:

Story Of the Blues 2

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Repeating patterns and variations are another Moore trademark. A lick from The Loner:

The Loner

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And a fast lick from Since I Met You Baby:

Since I Met You Baby

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Parisienne Walkways was one of Moore's greatest hits and established him as one of the greatest composers of guitar ballads:

Parisienne Walkways

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Gary Moore uses free strings in several places. The following example is from Shape Of Things:

Shape Of Things

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Inspired by British blues great guitarist Peter Green, Jumping At Shadows is such a fine piece of music that it should be studied as a whole. The first solo:

Jumping At Shadows 1

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And the second one:

Jumping At Shadows 2_1

Jumping At Shadows 2_2

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Bravery or show off, here are two licks from the End Of the World:

End Of the World 1

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End Of the World 2

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