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LICK OF THE DAY

Chord Anticipation

Here is an example of 'chord anticipation' over a two chord progression : F7 / Bb7.

The idea is simple: we anticipate the new chord on the last 8th note of each bar. Once you're comfortable with the rhythm pattern, apply it on various chords progressions.

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.

Shuffle Comping

Here is a shuffle comping idea over a C blues progression.

Here we play some chord substitutions : Em7b5 gives us a C9 chord, and an F triad wich gives us an Csus13 chord.

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

Extended Sequences

Short lick played in the extended major pentatonic scale.

These patterns are also great exercises for keeping your hands in shape.

G Extended blues scale.


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.