Ritchie Blackmore Style Legato Guitar Lesson – Lick Of The Week

In this installment of our "Lick Of The Week" series at guitarlessons365.com we will take a look at a legato lick in the style of the great Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple.

Be sure to download the free TAB PDF for this lesson so you can more easily follow along. You can get it below:

Ritchie Blackmore Style Legato Lick TAB PDF Download

This Ritchie Blackmore style legato lick uses slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs across multiple strings to create a slippery sounding lick that can be quite deceiving to the ear. Although it is in straight sixteenth note triplets, you will notice that the use of all of the various legato techniques help to mask that strict 16th note triplet feel.

Take your time and slowly work this lick up to speed and make sure that all of the notes are articulated correctly. It might be a good idea to count out loud the timing of the lick in the beginning while you play it like I do briefly in the video.

So have fun with this cool Ritchie Blackmore style legato lick! I hope you can easily add it to you bag of tricks whenever you want to show a little of that Blackmore mojo. 🙂

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Ritchie Blackmore Style Legato Guitar Lesson - Lick Of The Week


  1. oscarmat on May 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

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    Pretty nice lesson….like the way you do it. Thanks you so much.

  2. Richard on March 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Other than the first lick being slightly off, what you showed (and quite well at that) was the third part of the first guitar solo (in G minor instead of F minor) from Deep Purple’s “Lazy” from the Machine Head Album. Which makes it not only a great exercise, but a recognizable one.

  3. p r on April 3, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Hey Carl, What kind of picking would you use for this Ritchie Blackmore Style Legato Lick? I tried alternate, economy and so on, but found that the lick flows the best when I use all down strokes. How do you do it?

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