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LICK OF THE DAY

Lydian Trick

Here's a simple tip to play the Lydian "color" (the #11 note) over a M7 chord.

The idea is to play the minor pentatonic scale a step below the root of the chord. We have a CM7 chord so we play the B minor pentatonic scale.

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 in Pro Tools.

Bottleneck Lick

Here's a typical bottleneck slide lick in the key of E.

Here the notes choice surround the E or E7 chord : in the first bar we alternate between the minor and major third.
In other words: Play it over the E7 chord!

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

Open Heat

Here's another cool lick in G using open strings. Leave the open strings ringing into the next note.

It's in the key of G and we use a mix of the G major and minor pentatonic scales.

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