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Bebop II V I

Here's a bebop sounding lick to play over a II V I progression in the key of C.

We are using the C Major scale. Notice the F Major arpeggio usage over the D-7 chord and the addition of the Ab tone (b9) over the G7 chord to add some tension and the resolution on the third of the M7 chord.

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 Pro Tools.

Blues Rhythm

Let's learn a classic blues pattern, a shuffle in the key of A.

Here we play the first chord (A7) of a classic 12 bars Blues progression. The chords are A7 / D7 / E7.
You could slightly mute the strings with the palm of your picking hand.

I use the clean channel of the Mesa Boogie V-Twin preamp with some reverb added in pro tools.

Chicken Picking

We'll use the chicken picking technique with our right hand, so I'm using the pick, the middle and ring finger throughout.

The lick is in the key of A and its built using both major and minor pentatonic scales.

Use the bridge pickup to get that classic country twang tone. Also use compression pedal/plug-in with lot of compression cause we want a highly "squished" sound. Add a some reverb and a slap-back delay (100ms to 300ms with a single repeat).