Essential Licks - Steve Morse

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One of the most precise and reliable guitar players, Steve Morse bases his style on classical and country music. Here are some of his most expressive licks:

Steve Morse often uses fast runs where he alternates diatonic and chromatic patterns. Let's start with a short example from Collateral Damage:

Collateral Damage

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Another one from Simple Simon:

Simple Simon

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Steve Morse uses sometimes 4-notes per string runs that require fast changes of position like in this example from Brave New World:

Brave New World

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And fast changes of direction. From Barbary Coast:

Barbary Coast

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Repetitive patterns are also one of Morse's techniques. An example from Runaway Train:

Runaway Train

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Speaking of precision, one of Morse's trademarks is his fast riffs. A theme from Stressfest:

Stressfest

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And a more extended one from Tumeni Notes:

Tumeni Notes

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Double-stops are one of the most prefered techniques by country guitarists. From Runaway Train:

Runaway Train

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An example of right-hand tapping from Collateral Damage:

Collateral Damage

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Morse uses free strings in a creative way like in Rally Cry:

Rally Cry

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An A-drone from Air On a Six String:

Air On a Six String

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Steve Morse keeps his tempo and precision when playing arpeggios. From Runaway Train:

Runaway Train

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Even in his themes, Morse dares to play fast, complex arpeggios like this sequence from User Friendly:

User Friendly

And a more extended example of Morse's arpeggios from Tumeni Notes:

Tumeni Notes

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