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LICK OF THE DAY

Ted Greene Chords

Here are some chords inspired by the great Ted Greene, the "chord chemist".

We are in the key of F and the chord progression is the classic I vi ii V with two chords per beat. Go ahead and transpose it to any key!

Use the neck pickup and cut the high freqs with the tone knob if necessary.
I use the Mesa Boogie V-Twin preamp on the clean channel connected directly to the sound card and I'm adding a little bit of reverb and compression in the DAW.

Ending Lick In E

This lick can be used to return to E in a blues progression, or for endings of blues songs/solos. For better tone, try using downstrokes only in the bar 1. In the bar 2, there are 4 palm muted notes. The idea is to use dynamics in such way so that first notes in a lick come out loudest, and last notes come out more quiet.

We are using I-IV-V progression in the key of E. E blues scale, dorian mode and major third note is what we will use in combination (Major third is G#, and you won't find it in those two scales). For rhythm, almost all notes are eight triplets, so if you count three notes per click, you won't get lost.

I used Amplitube 3 software for this mini lick, tubescreamer and Mesa Boogie MKII emulations.
Guitar is a Fender Stratocaster, neck single pickup.

Dead Note Picking

Extended country/blues lick played with dead notes.

G extended blues scale.

Use the bridge pickup. Software used for this kind of sound is Guitar Rig 5 with a factory preset - Country Twang clean.