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LICK OF THE DAY

Gipsy Jazz

A gipsy jazz-sounding lick using E harmonic minor, and a cool ghost slide effect.

Beebop-styled gipsy jazz phrase in E harmonic minor. The first part features a chromatic passage, the second part a descending arpeggio in the harmonic minor position on the 7th fret. The rhythm has a swing feel to it, using mostly of eight note triplets.

Guitar: Modded US Strat, neck single pickup, tone knob rolled off.
String Gauge: 11-48
Amp: Amplitube 3 software, Fender silverface with spring reverb, and vintage compressor stomp.

Bluesy Riff

Here's a bluesy lick to familiarize ourselves with the E minor pentatonic scale.

We simply play the E minor pentatonic scale over an E chord/vamp in this example. Pay attention to the micro bends.

To play this riff you could use the neck pickup with an overdrive pedal. I use a Fulltone OCD and the clean channel of the Mesa Boogie V-Twin preamp with some reverb added in pro tools.

Third Intervals

A major lick played with intervals.

A major scale.
The third interval is the basis of major and minor chords. There are two different kinds of thirds, major and minor.

Use the bridge pickup, which is the best for the classic Telecaster sound. Software used for this kind of sound is Guitar Rig 5 with a factory preset: Country Twang clean.