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LICK OF THE DAY

6-8 Comping

Here's a 6/8 comp inspired by the famous standard "All Blues" by Miles Davis.

The chord is G7 and we have a modal approach here to underline the G7 sounds. I use C, F, G and Dm triads to suggest the harmony : G7 or
G mixolydian mode.

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.

Mix-o-major

This lick is completely major based, using both major pentatonic and mixolydian notes. It can be used for both blues and country playing, but for rock as well.

In this lick we will concentrate only on the I-IV move in the harmony. You can hear that the backing only alternates between E and A chords in the bass line.

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

Bend It!

Here's a cool bending exercise that has a country vibe to it.

Bending a note allows you to change the pitch of the note. For any given fretted note, you can increase the pitch smoothly by up to three or four semitones (half steps). The type of strings and guitar will affect how easily you can do these larger bends, but on most guitars (acoustic or electric) you should be able to manage a two semitone bend fairly easily.

E major scale


Use the bridge pickup, which is the best choice for this kind of classic Tele sound. Software used is Guitar Rig 5 with its factory preset - Country Twang clean.